Michael Broers

The first volume of a majestic new biography of the great ruler told with energy, style and brand new research.

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Napoleon Bonaparte: a man of intense emotion, iron self-discipline, acute intelligence and immeasurable energy. Michael Broers brings this remarkable man to life, from his dangerous Corsican roots to the epic battles of Austerlitz, Jena and Friedland. Here is the incredible story of how one man’s sheer determination, ruthlessness and careful calculation drove France to conquer Europe.

This is the first volume of a revelatory new biography of the great ruler told with energy, style and brand new research. Here is the first life in which Napoleon speaks in his own uncensored voice – but not always as he wanted the world to hear him.

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Surely will become the definitive life of Napoleon.

The Times
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This is a masterly biography, both critical and empathetic.

Christopher Silvester, Financial Times
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Stimulating and genuinely innovative.

William Doyle, Times Literary Supplement
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Judicious and magisterial ... Broers' grasp of 'violently changing times' is unimpeachable.

Daily Mail
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Brings home brilliantly the vitality, intelligence and phenomenal drive of this man, and the improbability of his achievements... The wait for volume two is going to be unbearable.

Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday
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[Broers] is steady and unsentimental, particularly when it comes to separating history from the myths created by Napoleon, his accomplices and posthumous admirers ... I look forward to reading their exploits in the next volume.

Lawrence James, The Times

Michael Broers is Professor of Western European History at Oxford University. He is the author of, among other books about revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, The Napoleonic Empire in Italy, 1796-1814, winner of the Grand Prix Napoléon prize, 2006; Napoleon’s Other War: Bandits, Rebels and their Pursuers in the Age of Revolutions;and Napoleon, Volume 1, Soldier of Destiny.

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