Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography
From Alan Forrest, a preeminent British scholar, comes an exceedingly readable account of the man and his legend
On a cold December day in 1840 Parisians turned out in force to watch as the body of Napoleon was solemnly carried on a riverboat from Courbevoie on its final journey to the Invalides. The return of their long-dead emperor’s corpse from the island of St. Helena was a moment that Paris had eagerly awaited, though many feared that the memories stirred would serve to further destabilize a country that had struggled for order and direction since he had been sent into exile.
In this book Alan Forrest tells the remarkable story of how the son of a Corsican attorney became the most powerful man in Europe, a man whose charisma and legacy endured after his lonely death many thousands of miles from the country whose fate had become so entwined with his own.
Along the way, Forrest also cuts away the many layers of myth and counter myth that have grown up around Napoleon, a man who mixed history and legend promiscuously. Drawing on original research and his own distinguished background in French history, Forrest demonstrates that Napoleon was as much a product of his times as their creator.
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Napoleon:Life, Legacy, and Image: A BiographyUser Review - Sue White - Book Verdict
There seems to be a never-ending supply of books about Napoleon and his era, tens of thousands of titles having been published over the years. Here, Forrest (Napoleon and His Empire: Europe, 1804–1814 ... Read full review
Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and Image: A BiographyUser Review - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict
A preeminent historian, particularly of modern French history—he's director of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York and serves on the editorial boards of French History and War in History—Forrest seems like the right man to write a biography of Napoleon. Read full review
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