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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable but with some flaws
I read this weighty volume of 560 pages in a little over three weeks and as with Professor Dwyer's first Volume of Napoleon's life I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The author's style makes easy reading and what comes across in the text is generally not a very flattering portrait of Napoleon as Consul or Emperor. Professor Dwyer attributes most of Napoleon's actions, whether...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Huge detail but glaring omissions
This is a peculiar book. Of the 780 odd pages in the hardback edition, over 200 are footnotes. There are footnotes on the footnotes and yet for all the apparent erudition, we still hear on page 391 that the Russians set fire to St. Petersburg as they retreated. Clearly neither the author nor the publisher could be bothered to proofread. There are reams devoted to...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable but with some flaws, 1 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Napoleon Vol 2) (Hardcover)
I read this weighty volume of 560 pages in a little over three weeks and as with Professor Dwyer's first Volume of Napoleon's life I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The author's style makes easy reading and what comes across in the text is generally not a very flattering portrait of Napoleon as Consul or Emperor. Professor Dwyer attributes most of Napoleon's actions, whether in victory or defeat, as being carried out mainly by self interest. He does acknowledge Napoleon's genius in some battles but suggests that Napoleon was lucky in others even though he notes Napoleon claimed that these latter were great victories brought about by his skill alone and although there are detailed accounts of Napoleon's campaigns I would have liked more detail about these major clashes. When it comes to Napoleon's other achievements Professor Dwyer is again less than fulsome in his praise: for instance he attributes the Code Napoleon mainly to the work of others, Napoleon providing only a guiding hand. Finally I found that many of the pictures and engravings reproduced in the text were too dark to make out the detail referred to in the text and it would have been a good idea to include a list of diagrams and maps of the campaigns with page numbers at the beginning of the book so that they could easily have been looked up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Huge detail but glaring omissions, 19 Feb 2014
This review is from: Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Napoleon Vol 2) (Hardcover)
This is a peculiar book. Of the 780 odd pages in the hardback edition, over 200 are footnotes. There are footnotes on the footnotes and yet for all the apparent erudition, we still hear on page 391 that the Russians set fire to St. Petersburg as they retreated. Clearly neither the author nor the publisher could be bothered to proofread. There are reams devoted to iconography and every portrait of Napoleon is described in excruciating detail. It is a shame that each is reproduced in grainy black and White so that you cannot see any of what is described. I find it amazing that there is not one colour plate in the whole book; nor is there one decent map; inexcusable for a history of conquest. The military details are perfunctory. The war in Spain is completelyignored. This book is all about Napoleon's management of his own PR. Consequently, there is nothing new or interesting here. I am no wiser about the man or what drove him or even how he stayed in power so long. There are many better books on the subject out there. Don't buy this one
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Technical issues !!, 13 Mar 2014
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The book itself is very good .However there are technical issues the book jumps to the index after every third page. It is extremely annoying and difficult to return to the exact page being read. This is also very unpredictable as even bookmarking does not prevent this happening. I don't know if it is a downloading problem but it has spoiled the enjoyment of a very good and expensive book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book at a good price, 17 Jan 2014
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The first volume was excellent and 50 pages in this is at least as good. For the quality of this book - production and text - I was amazed at how relatively cheap it was. Well packed, arrived quickly and this new and definitive history of Napoleon was well worth the wait for the author to complete.
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