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Napoleon: The Path to Power

5 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Dr. Philip Dwyer

Historical interest in Napoléon seems inexhaustible, a reflection of Napoléon’s success in creating a legend, as biographer Dwyer labels the phenomenon, of his heroic destiny. Recounting the youthful Napoléon’s military and … see full wiki

Author: Dr. Philip Dwyer
Publisher: Yale University Press
5 reviews about Napoleon: The Path to Power
review by . April 06, 2008
This book is an interesting look into the early life and various sides of Napoleon; including the soldier, the politician, the lover, etc. Specifically, I'm appreciative of the fact that the author doesn't look at Napoleon in a vacuum but rather the reader is presented with some of the history of Corsica, of the revolution, Napoleon's other family members, etc. All the things that in the end affected Napoleon and made him what he was to become. Undoubtedly this is one of the more entertaining and …
review by . March 20, 2008
Dwyer has written in excrutiating detail about the early life of Napoleon, and if you are writing a paper on the subject, you should definitely read this book.  I am not sure that it is a book that most of us could read for pleasure. There are carefully-supported speculations about just what kind of teasing Napoleon might have experienced at school, and hour-by-hour descriptions of battles. Chapters turn into undifferentiated lists of details, sexual adventures followed by responses to …
review by . February 20, 2008
Impeccably researched with over 650 pages of content, 'Napoleon: The Path to Power' by Philip Dwyer is the rare kind of work. The content is as dense as lead (don't take this negatively) and so specific. The author examines the French leader in ways that hadn't been done in the past and is clear, concise, and THOROUGH. Filled with drawings and maps of the time period, go back in time to when Napoleon was a young leader and find out more about the man that has become one of the most famous in world …
review by . February 15, 2008
Napoleon Bonaparte is one of those leaders, like Churchill and Lincoln, about whom so much ink has already been spilled that it's hard to believe any writer has much usefully to add about him. Philip Dwyer is the rare historian who does, as he demonstrates in this very good biography.    As he swept across Europe like a tide, washing away remnants of the medieval order, Bonaparte became a prototype for many of the worst types of the twentieth century: master of political propaganda, …
review by . January 27, 2008
I suppose some might find this dull, but I really enjoyed it and especially appreciated the effort made to suggest motivation - this is a book of analysis as much as it is history.    I thought the last chapter, which revisited the significant events that had brought Napoleon to the point where the book ends, was particularly good in that regard. I think Dwyer does an excellent job of maintaining neutrality while still offering opinion.    The period paintings …
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