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Napoleon Bonaparte

Author: Alan Schom; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Schom's one-volume life of Napoleon includes all facets of Napoleon's incredible career, from his childhood in Corsica to his death in exile on the island of St. Helena. It follows his many military campaigns and describes the great battles he won and lost from northern Italy to Egypt, Spain, Prussia, Austria, Poland, and Russia, to his final defeat at Waterloo. It illuminates his extensive political and structural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Kaiser I ) Napoleon (Frankreich; I Emperor of the French 1769-1821 Napoleon
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Schom; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
ISBN: 0060172142 9780060172145 9780060929589 0060929588
OCLC Number: 36407745
Notes: Map of Europe in 1789, before Napoleon, and in 1814 before his defeat at Waterloo on endpapers.
Description: xxii, 888 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: "A dangerous islander" --
"To destiny" --
"A new Alexander the Great" --
Crossroads --
The decision --
The Armada --
Land of the Pharaohs --
Deep water --
In the shadow of defeat --
Tivoli and beyond --
Road to Damascus --
Prelude to a coup --
18-19 Brumaire --
The Consulate --
The Foreign Minister --
Fouche's police --
Fouche the man --
The Christmas Eve plot and others --
"The revolution is over" --
War once again --
The Coronation --
"A humiliating business" --
Intermezzo a la Bonaparte --
It all began with Austerlitz --
The marches of empire --
Point of no return --
Iberia --
Another grave error --
Another Danube Campaign --
Wagram --
The last rose of summer --
Chimes and alarm bells --
Russia --
Malet's Malaise --
Death march --
The Saxon Campaign --
Leipzig --
"The Cossacks are coming!" --
"Projects of troubles and upsettings" --
"To conquer or perish" --
Final casualties. MAPS: Europe in 1789, before Napoleon; and in 1814, before his defeat at Waterloo --
The invasion of Italy, 1796-1797 --
The Campaign in Egypt and Syria, 1798-1799 --
The Battle of Abukir Bay, August 1, 1798 --
The Marengo Campaign, May-June 1800 --
The Ulm and Austerlitz Campaigns, December 1805 --
The Battle of Austerlitz, December 2, 1805 --
Napoleon's Campaign in Germany, Fall 1806 --
The Battles of Jena and Auerstadt, Oct. 14, 1806 --
Napoleon's Campaign in Prussia and Poland, 1806-1807 (the Battles of Eylau, February 1807, and Friedland, June 1807) --
The Campaign in Spain, 1808-1814 --
Napoleon's Danube Campaign, 1809 --
The Battles of Aspern-Essling, May 21-22, and Wagram, July 5-6, 1809 --
Napoleon's Russian Campaign, June --
Sept. 1812 --
The Battle of Borodino, Sept. 7, 1812 --
Napoleon's retreat from Moscow, Oct. 1812 --
Jan. 1813 --
Napoleon's Saxon Campaign, April-June 1813 --
The Battle of Leipzig, October 16, 1813 --
Prelude to Waterloo, June 14, 1815 --
The Battle of Waterloo, June 16-18, 1815.
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"Schom's one-volume life of Napoleon includes all facets of Napoleon's incredible career, from his childhood in Corsica to his death in exile on the island of St. Helena. It follows his many military campaigns and describes the great battles he won and lost from northern Italy to Egypt, Spain, Prussia, Austria, Poland, and Russia, to his final defeat at Waterloo. It illuminates his extensive political and structural reorganization of the French government; explores his relationships with his wives - the legendary Josephine and her replacement, Marie-Louise - and some of his mistresses; and chronicles his feuds with his tempestuous family and both loyal and mutinous officials. Key aides, ministers, generals, and naval commanders - from Talleyrand and Police Minister Fouche to Marshals Ney, Davout, and Lannes, Admiral Villeneuve, and many more - are fully portrayed and given their due. International rivalries and diplomatic negotiations are also thoroughly covered, and Napoleon's many opponents and enemies - including Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia, Emperor Franz I of Austria, Czar Alexander I of Russia, and Field Marshals Kutuzov, Blucher, and the Duke of Wellington - are brought vividly to life." "There are intriguing fresh insights here, too; among them an examination of Napoleon's little-known friendship with a leading mathematician and savant, and of the cause of his death on St. Helena. Unique in Napoleonic literature, even that by French authors, is Schom's candor about Napoleon's character flaws. Nor does he gloss over the awful misery and destruction that Napoleon's endless, often needless wars of conquest wreaked on the peoples of Europe, his indifference to the medical needs of his own soldiers, or the surprisingly frequent examples of his poor planning and intelligence gathering."--Jacket.

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