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This superb volume completes the author’s definitive biography of one of modern history’s most charismatic and controversial leaders. It begins with the Brumaire coup of 1799, which saw Napoleon seize power as one of three consuls, still a svelte thirty-year-old, in love with his first wife, Josephine. Within a few months, he daringly lead an army across the Alps to defeat the Austrians at Marengo, a victory that would put him on the road to being Emperor within five years.
However, this book is about more than the man’s military genius, revealing much about his personal relationships, especially within the Bonaparte family, as well as explaining his importance as a political and social reformer. It also explains the deep affection that the French people had for him, so much so that they would even welcome him back after defeat and exile. Bloomsbury 816pp Hb.