Napoleon Bonaparte /
Alan Schom.
1st ed.
New York : HarperCollins, 1997.
xxii, 888 p., [32] p. of plates : ill.
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New York : HarperCollins, 1997.
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Maps on lining papers.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, USA, 1997 : Nominated
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-11-01:
Until now, there has been no comprehensive, one-volume biography on Napoleon. This book ably fills that gap. Napoleonic scholar Schom (One Hundred Days, Atheneum, 1992) has written an objective account, describing the strengths and weaknesses of his complex subject and his tremendous impact on Europe. Unique to this book are the insightful discussions of Napoleon's relationships with his family, wives, mistresses, and other luminaries of the day and his little-known friendship with a leading French mathematician, Gaspard Monge. The author contends that Napoleon was a paranoiac psychopath, and he uses numerous examples of kidnappings, murders, lies, and wars brought on by the Corsican to illustrate his case. He was also sadistic in his persecution of various individuals, from a simple German bookseller to his own brother Lucien. A wonderful biography; highly recommended.‘David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1997-08-04:
One of the most written-about of men, Napoleon has been portrayed from his dark side before, usually in frankly partisan books. Schom (One Hundred Days: Napoleon's Road to Waterloo), his assiduous new biographer, claims: "I have attempted to suppress nothing, and have tried to be as impartial as humanly possible." His tarnished superman is a psychopath driven by excesses of audacity, unscrupulousness and ambition, impatient to have his way whatever the cost. At 30, promising gain to some and glory to many, he ruled France; at 40 (now as emperor) he controlled much of Europe, resisting advice that he relinquish land for peace, for he had destabilized the continent, fabricating untenable regimes to make royalty of his siblings. Schom's life is the first to exploit the findings by Ben Weider and Sten Forshufvud in The Assassination at St. Helena Revisited (1995) that Napoleon was poisoned by a servant. From the moment Napoleon seized power in November 1799 until his defeat at Waterloo in June 1815, he kept Europe in continual war (apart from one year, 1802-03). Despite a penchant for the cliché (Napoleon's "mighty new Empire leaked like Swiss cheese"), this is a gripping, if long, read, although not for hero-worshippers. Illustrations not seen by PW. History Book Club main selection. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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