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Napoleon (TEXT ONLY) [Kindle Edition]

Vincent Cronin
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First published in 1971, Vincent Cronin’s classic biography of Napoleon is now available as an ebook for the first time.

‘I wanted to find a Napoleon I could picture as a living, breathing man.’

Vincent Cronin superbly realises his objectives in this, probably the finest of all modern biographies of Napoleon. It is generally regarded as the author’s masterpiece.

This edition does not include illustrations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 864 KB
  • Print Length: 499 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 000732958X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K4Q5BB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Biography 15 Mar. 2010
I'd just ploughed through Franseschi and Weider's wretched 'Wars against Napoleon' and so my apetite for another biography of the same subjest was less than high, but what a difference. While both books reached the same conclusion of Napoleon as a decent and much loved leader conspired against by the other European powers, this one is gripping, fascinating and above all explains not just the reasons behind Napoleons decisions, but also those who fought him. It even reads lightly during his childhood and adolescence, a period which did'nt really interest me but which most biographers feel compelled to cover. Always readable and informative, if you only ever buy one book about Napoleon, try and make it this one, and I defy anyone to read the final chapter and not feel sympathy for him, and some anger for those who left him to die on St. Helena.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A humane, intelligent biography of Napoleon 11 Feb. 2011
By Ed
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I love this book.

Vincent Cronin obviously knows his subject thoroughly and has a keen interest in and appreciation of Napoleon.

As another reviewer said it is a sympathetic biography which looks for the good in Napoleon's actions, but it does not gloss over the less favourable aspects of his character.

The opening chapter is called 'A Happy Childhood' and Cronin manages not only to convey that to the reader, but he also gives a sense of what life was like in Corsica when Napoleon grew up there, down to details such as the food produced and eaten and the routines of everyday life; without these ever being dull.

Cronin has written for the intelligent layman and no prior knowledge of Napoleon or The Napoleonic Wars is needed to enjoy this book; it left me with a better understanding not just of Napoleon but of late 18th and early 19th century Europe.

I've read a lot of biographies on people from different walks of life; but I have never enjoyed a biography as much as this one. I rarely re-read books but I have read this twice and I imagine I will return to it again some day.

If you do read it I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Published in the early 1970s, I long resisted reading Vincent Cronin's biography because of the work's reputation as too sympathetic to the subject. However, as part of an ongoing reading program on military history I finally picked up Cronin's volume as the first of a series of biographies of Napoleon that I will be reading. Having completed it, I really wonder now how well the others will match up against this book. Cronin's book is sympathetic but this not hidden from the reader and only in the later chapters did I find myself in disagreement or at least questioning his account of Napoleon's intentions, thoughts, and/or feelings.

The author subtitled this work, "An Intimate Biography," and in a general way he meant it. The work is not limited to Napoleon's military career nor to his entanglements with women, but touches upon all aspects of the life of a man who in his 52 years was a soldier, general, head of state, statesman, lawmaker, lover, pater familias to an extended family, and a father several times over. No one aspect of Napoleon's life dominates the narrative but instead each in turn is made the central focus of the story as that part of his life comes to the fore. This is an especially appealing element of Cronin's book given the many varied roles filled by Napoleon during his lifetime.

And yet the word "intimate" does not offer either empty titillation nor guarantee that we are really and completely inside this man's head at any moment. I believe that this reflects the above-mentioned flaw of being too sympathetic to Napoleon Bonaparte.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A man of his times 30 Sept. 2015
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There are insights aplenty here. I just read Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell so already had some ideas about Napoleon. But this book was a revelation. It ends up being a lesson on power corrupting but starts with someone fairly simple, who becomes a soldier by chance and who has not much ambition. He gradually discovers what is possible and takes the whole of France along.

It is a clear commentary but does rather leave a lot out and gives a slanted view. For example it gives the impression that he was the saviour of Egypt. People there remember a terrible massacre and have a very different view. (I was reading it while in Egypt in 2015) Read Simon Schama, Citizens, for an explanation of the French revolution which put France in such a mess that Napoleon was welcome. Read Waterloo to find out why he in the end failed. Read this book to find out why he tried.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing 21 Jan. 2010
By Miquel
A must-read for anyone interested in the Napoleon era. Time goes by as you can not put this book aside. It is true that the author does not hide its sympathy for his hero and in, this sense, it is not totally objective, specially when justifying the transition from a Republic to a "personal" Empire. However, after having read several critical biographies of Napoleon this was somehow a welcome change.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The life and times of Napoleon 13 Jun. 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book and learning what a great general, administrator, leader of his country and hero was.Napoleon Bonaparte.

I thought however the author was far too brief in his explanations in providing background information relating to the important people who were his advisers and opponents and especially his relationship with his own family.

Most deserving of greater detail however were the women in his life for example his mother, sisters, wives and mistresses. They needed to be covered in greater detail as I felt they impacted greatly on his ambitions and objectives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The best book on Napoleon I have ever read.
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Cheryl Corney
5.0 out of 5 stars This a VERY good book
This was so well written and an eye opener. Well researched and poignant.
Published 3 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable and well written book on the life ...
A thoroughly enjoyable and well written book on the life of Napoleon.
Published 3 months ago by C McManners
5.0 out of 5 stars Napoleon the Man...
I received this volume as a gift in 1973 after it was first published. It is an excellent biography of Napoleon and is filled with excellent information on Napoleon the man and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kevin F. Kiley
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good a book to begin your journey to discover
This is a good a book to begin your journey to discover, "Napoleon", as there is; factual and accurate but with a narrative that will capture your imagination and make it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by THOMAS FRAIL
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating account of napoleon
It was a very personal account of napoleons life in a very favourable light but told in a very readable and interesting way that keeps you hooked. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Roger McDodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book ..great man
A great book on a great man, although many will disagree with my comment on Napoleon I. Thouroughly enjoyed reading it...
Published 11 months ago by MAI
4.0 out of 5 stars An apologia
This biography is easy to read and so far as I can judge accurate and well researched. It is however prejudiced in Napoleon's favour to a remarkable degree. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael G. Hinton
5.0 out of 5 stars In Depth
An old but in depth book looking at the life of Napoleon. The story looks at his journey from birth and how his schooling and Coriscan heritage affected later life decisions.
Published 19 months ago by Tantrwm
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Brillant book. Marrred by type that fudges some words. Paper cheapish. Author biased in Napoleon's favour. Nevertheless a wealth of personal and family detail. Loved it.
Published 22 months ago by S. Quinn
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