Napoleon

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Yale University Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 671 pages
At just thirty years of age, Napoleon Bonaparte ruled the most powerful country in Europe. But the journey that led him there was neither inevitable nor smooth. This authoritative biography focuses on the evolution of Napoleon as a leader and debunks many of the myths that are often repeated about himsensational myths often propagated by Napoleon himself. Here, Philip Dwyer sheds new light on Napoleons inner lifeespecially his darker side and his passionsto reveal a ruthless, manipulative, driven man whose character has been disguised by the public image he carefully fashioned to suit the purposes of his ambition. Dwyer focuses acutely on Napoleons formative years, from his Corsican origins to his French education, from his melancholy youth to his flirtation with radicals of the French Revolution, from his first military campaigns in Italy and Egypt to the political-military coup that brought him to power in 1799. One of the first truly modern politicians, Napoleon was a master of spin, using the media to project an idealized image of himself. Dwyers biography of the young Napoleon provides a fascinating new perspective on one of the great figures of modern history.
 

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Contents

The Pleasure of Recognition
11
You Will Be My Avenger
33
Corsica in Revolution
53
Ambition Awakened
76
THE REVQLUTIQNARY 17921796
105
The acobin
127
Shifting Political Sands
151
The Political Appointee
171
Confronting Egypt
351
Tearing Away the Veil
375
Prisoner of his Conquest
395
All Human Effort against Me is Useless
412
The End of the Dream
430
The Return of the Saviour
449
The Coup as Farce
483
Epilogue
505

Innovation
195
Artists and Soldiers Politics and Love
248
The Apprenticeship of Power
273
Defending Liberty and its Friends
304
A Grandiose Exile
333
Notes
521
Conquest and Pillage
552
Select Bibliography
599
Acknowledgements
627
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Philip Dwyer is an author who wrote Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815, whcih made the National Biography Award for biographical writing and memoir 2015 shortlist.

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