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The History of Napoleon Buonaparte

The History of Napoleon Buonaparte [Kindle Edition]

John Gibson Lockhart
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406920983
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082ZG2WU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Authored by John Gibson Lockhart, I first read this book more than 30 years ago in the Everyman Edition. The definitive biography of Napoleon, finely written in an engaging and authorative style. The "use of English" will, I am sure, be regarded by some as old fashioned, however, if you wish to read the highest quality writing, this will not disappoint.
Subsequent biographies have drawn heavily on the Lockhart edition, and even where they include sources unavailable to that author, they fail to match the energy and vigour with which Lockhart carries through the story of Napoleon's rise to greatness and his eventual fall.
Part of the delight of the book is how the author moves from a determined impartiality toward Bonaparte - determined as Lockhart was fiercely "British" and had to work hard to keep his regard of France as an international competitor, in check, to a grudging admiration for his achievement. Highly recommended.
Dr. Pat
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 16 July 2012
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I got this book on a whim, expecting it to be somewhat boring. On opening the first page (figuratively speaking) I found that I was completely wrong, and I was 'hooked' from the start.

I am not a history expert, and so I found it very informative about the events of the time, but more importantly about the character of the man himself, who exerted such an influence on contemporary and subsequent thinking. It is engagingly written, giving you a sufficient impression of his genius, then clouded by his arrogance, without bogging you down in details. It is written in an old-fashioned way, as mentioned by another reviewer, but I didn't find it a problem. Overall, recommended both on informative and entertaining grounds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great summary. 29 Nov 2012
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A great one volume edition of this important character from history. It is detailed enough and is not romanticized. The historical facts clearly show how driven he was, and how similar to Hitler. Both did evil and directly caused the deaths of millions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An informative read 13 Jan 2013
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All you would ever want to know about Napolean ,very detailed for those researching all the historical details,every battle, conquest and defeat researched and recorded.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story 5 Jun 2014
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Predominately related to the military aspect of Napoleon, this
Book relates historical facts which whilst enjoyable ,would be better with deeper analysis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bony 23 May 2014
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A really interesting read, ever wondered, like me, why Napoleon was popular with his soldiers and populace?
A brilliant soldier who remembered his roots, he had his boots and clothes made by the same people who made them for him before his rise to power. And, he listened to his soldiers and slept alongside them and marched on foot at times with them.
This book covers most of his life from a young adult (mainly at war) to death in exile.
Like all dictators his arrogance and self belief led to his downfall. - His final battle, at Waterloo..
When he was in exile (twice) he was allowed staff but not his wife and son to accompany him.
Want to know more? Buy the book you won't be disappointed.
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I enjoyed this book and it made me want to read more about French history other than by reading Alexandra Dumas - although I have enjoyed his books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography 19 Feb 2014
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So well written in great detail but very clearly following Napoleon every step along the way of his life. I felt I was just one step behind him, following in his wake.
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