Napoleon's Wars

An International History

Charles Esdaile - Author

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ISBN 9781101464373 | 656 pages | 27 Oct 2009 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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A glorious—and conclusive—chronicle of the wars waged by one of the most polarizing figures in military history

Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as a new standard on the subject, this sweeping, boldly written history of the Napoleonic era reveals its central protagonist as a man driven by an insatiable desire for fame, and determined “to push matters to extremes.” More than a myth-busting portrait of Napoleon, however, it offers a panoramic view of the armed conflicts that spread so quickly out of revolutionary France to countries as remote as Sweden and Egypt. As it expertly moves through conflicts from Russia to Spain, Napoleon’s Wars proves to be history writing equal to its subject—grand and ambitious—that will reframe the way this tumultuous era is understood.

"[A] masterly account of the Napoleonic wars . . . Makes the familiar story fresh."
-The Economist

"A joy to read . . . Attractive, well written and, on occasion, pleasantly idiosyncratic . . . A splendid book."
-Literary Review

"Deft, authoritative, often strikingly counterintuitive, this is the definitive word on the subject."
-Telegraph (UK), Books of the Year

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