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Very readable -if a little on the side of the detractors,
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This review is from: Napoleon: The Path to Power 1769 - 1799 v. 1 (Hardcover)
This is for the most part of good biography, which in this volume covers Napoleon's life and career from birth to becoming consul in 1799, set against the background of the French Revolution. The author focuses throughout on the development of Napoleon's image during this period, and how this helped him to reach and consolidate power in the febrile times in which he lived. Whilst the author appears to have tried to be balanced, setting the actions of Napoleon of which he his critical against the standards of the time, one senses that this is a concious effort, and that that the author is actually something of a detractor - this is particularly so in the implication in these pages that Napleon's liberal measures were calculated to enhance his image rather than stemming from genuine conviction.
As an admirer of Naploeon's accomplishments as a reformer i found this a little hard to take, but despite this concern I found the book to be highly readable, well researched, and containing at least a reasonable attempt to be fair.
I will look forward to reading seconed volume