Le prix de la gloire. Napoléon et l'argent (in French)
Description: Pierre Branda is not only a specialist in finance and economics but also a seasoned historian (his most recent book is Napoléon, l'esclavage et les colonies, published with Thierry Lentz by Fayard). He has just written a fascinating book on Napoleon and money. The book is particularly welcome in that it deals with a subject little studied, and it considers Napoleon's remarkable achievement of financing fifteen years of war in the aftermath of the French Revolution, itself caused by the bankruptcy resulting from France's military action in the American war of independence. The book is dense but exceedingly readable, and with it Pierre Branda gives a completely new reading of the Consulate and Empire.
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This book was awarded the Fondation Napoléon history prize Grand Prix for 2007.
Place and publisher: Paris: Fayard
Date of publication: 2007
Number of pages: 634
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A. N. Wilson's exhaustively researched and definitive biography includes a wealth of new material from previously unseen sources, to show us Queen Victoria as she's never been seen before. It explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria's coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage, Prince Albert's pivotal influence, her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with John Brown, set against the backdrop of this momentous epoch in Britain - and Europe's - history. Victoria is a towering achievement; a masterpiece of biography by a writer at the height of his powers..."
Place and publisher: London: Penguin
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 624
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