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The History of Napoleon Buonaparte by [Lockhart, John Gibson]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1369 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1631826484
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082ZG2WU
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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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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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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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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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Amazing to read this historic account of Napoleon's life which was written in 1845,only a short time after his exile and death. The account is remarkably even-handed considering that it was written by an English historian; he praises Napoleon's skill, courage and reforms while repeatedly highlighting his ambition as being the cause of his eventual downfall. The author also criticises the English government for not giving money to help Russia until it was too late. Being a 19th century work, some of the language is quaint, for example "suffered this to occur" in the sense of "allowed", but this is part of its charm. Incredible that this book is free on Kindle!
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A very good read, well written in nice understandable english. Full of a lot of interesting facts well worth a read

The only downside is, It's a little intense regarding the font size and it would be nice if it had the odd picture every so often just to break the walls of text up!
Other than that really good book
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A comprehensive history of Napoleon the soldier. Written by a Victorian English jngoist it mostly avoids overt patronising.
Disappointing , however to see very little coverage of his social, legislative and political reforms which MIGHT be a proper balance for the rivers of blood shed in pursuti of his ambitions.
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found it very confusing at times, it is a pity that there were no maps or illustrations to indicate where we were, at times i did not know whether it was places or people that the author was referring to
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