DWYER Philip G.,
Citizen Emperor - Napoleon in Power, 1799 - 1815
From the publishers:
"In this second volume of Philip Dwyer's authoritative biography on one of history's most enthralling leaders, Napoleon, now 30, takes his position as head of the French state after the 1799 coup. Dwyer explores the young leader's reign, complete with mistakes, wrong turns, and pitfalls, and reveals the great lengths to which Napoleon goes in the effort to fashion his image as legitimate and patriarchal ruler of the new nation. Concealing his defeats, exaggerating his victories, never hesitating to blame others for his own failings, Napoleon is ruthless in his ambition for power. Following Napoleon from Paris to his successful campaigns in Italy and Austria, to the disastrous invasion of Russia, and finally to the war against the Sixth Coalition that would end his reign in Europe, the book looks not only at these events but at the character of the man behind them. Dwyer reveals Napoleon's darker sides—his brooding obsessions and propensity for violence—as well as his passionate nature: his loves, his ability to inspire, and his capacity for realizing his visionary ideas. In an insightful analysis of Napoleon as one of the first truly modern politicians, the author discusses how the persuasive and forward-thinking leader skillfully fashioned the image of himself that persists in legends that surround him to this day."
Review by Simon Heffer in the New Statesman, 30 January, 2014.
Place and publisher: Yale: Yale University Press
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 816
This week’s book(s):
Description: This book a facsimile reproduction of a contemporary account of the battle of Waterloo, packed with first-hand accounts and official reports. The first section is a narrative description of the campaign followed by various personal interpretations of the battle, including letters from such notables as the Duke of Wellington. This is followed by the official reports of the battle from all sides, including the various orders of the day issued to the different armies, the official gazette sent by Wellington and the first-hand accounts of French marshals such as Ney and Grouchy. The book concludes with sobering lists of the killed and wounded, those honoured after the battle and obituaries of the more prominent figures. The book features two beautifully detailed concertina-fold maps, one giving an overview of the campaign as a whole and the other detailing the positions on the battlefield itself. In addition to this there is a detailed panorama of the battlefield, done in pen and ink that is arranged in two six-part folded sections in the middle of the book.
Place and publisher: Osprey, London
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 288
Description: From the publishers:
"The Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars profoundly affected German Central Europe. Thousands of German and Austrian soldiers fought as enemies and allies of France in military campaigns that stretched from the sierras of Spain to the snowfields of Russia. Meanwhile, German and Austrian civilians found their lives touched by warfare in a way not seen for decades. The political geography of area was transformed as the thousand-year Holy Roman Empire collapsed and Napoleon redrew state borders. Millions found themselves forced to adapt to the political and military reality of French domination.
This book traces the individual and collective experience of these momentous events in the letters, diaries and memoirs of contemporaries. It explores how soldiers and civilians wrote about both the horrors and pleasures of warfare and how these experiences were mediated by social status, sex, religion and geography. It suggests that despite the trauma of a generation of warfare, older, pre-Revolutionary interpretations of armed conflict remained important as eyewitnesses sought to explain and understand the turmoil around them".
Place and publisher: London,Palgrave Macmillan
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 281
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