Napoleon For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 388 pages
6 Reviews
Explains his influence on the military, law, politics, and religion

Get the real story of Napoleon Bonaparte

Not sure what's true about Napoleon? This easy-to-follow guide gets past the stereotypes and introduces you to this extraordinary man's beginnings, accomplishments, and famous romances. It traces Napoleon's rise from Corsican military cadet to Emperor of the French, chronicles his military campaigns, explains the mistakes that led to his removal from power, and explores his lasting impact on Europe and the world.

Discover
* How Napoleon built -- and lost -- an empire
* The forces that influenced him
* Why he created the Napoleonic Code
* The inside story on Josephine
* How he helped shape modern-day Europe
  

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User Review  - Joe Faust - Goodreads

Short on anecdotes and only gives the Louisiana Purchase a passing mention, but an excellent starter book for anyone wanting to know the basics about the Emperor Bonaparte. Read full review

Review: Napoleon For Dummies

User Review  - Stephen Weber - Goodreads

This book provided just the information I wanted: I'm getting ready to teach The Count of Monte Cristo and realized my knowledge of Napoleonic France was woefully lacking and, worse, largely ... Read full review

Contents

Title
Why Remember Napoleon?
Raising aGenius
Educating a Genius
The French Revolution Liberty Equality Fraternity
Losing Some Revolutionary Fervor
Josephine
Improvising an Army in Italy
Defeat and Resurrection
Feeling the Weight of Waterloo
MarchingtoWar
St Helena Napoleons Final Island
ATrue Revolutionary
Sustaining Support at Home
Buildinga Greater Middle Class France
Attempting a Dynasty

Basking in the Glow of Glory
Emulating Alexander Sailing and Marchinginto History Struggling with Josephine
Gaining Control of France
Winning HisGreatest Victories
Conquering a Continent
Sailing into Disaster with the British
Bleeding in Spain
The Peasants AreRevolting and SoArethe Clergy
Defending France
Influencing Nations Diplomacy and Legacy
Creating a New United Europe
Toward a Greater Germany
Ten Interesting Battlefields to Visit
Friedland Russia
Ten Pieces of Advice for Napoleon
Ten Plus Best Sources for Further Information
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

J. David Markham is an internationally acclaimed historian and Napoleonic scholar. His major books include Napoleon’s Road to Glory: Triumphs, Defeats and Immortality (winner of the 2004 Napoleonic Society of America Literary Award); Imperial Glory: The Bulletins of Napoleon’s Grande Armée (winner of the International Napoleonic Society’s 2003 President’s Choice Award); and Napoleon and Dr. Verling on St. Helena. He has been featured on the History Channel International’s Global View program on Napoleon, the History Channel’s Conquerors program (Napoleon’s Greatest Victory; Caesar in Gaul) and Napoleon: The Man Who Would Conquer Europe, as well as in programs on the Learning and Discovery channels. He has served as historical consultant to History Channel and National Geographic Society programs. Markham has contributed to four important reference encyclopedias (Leadership; World History; American Revolution; French Revolution and Napoleon). He has presented numerous academic papers to conferences in the United States, the UK, France, Italy, Israel, Georgia, and Russia. He is President of the Napoleonic Alliance and Executive Vice-President and Editor-in-Chief of the International Napoleonic Society. David has organized International Napoleonic Congresses in Italy, Israel, the Republic of Georgia, and France. He was the first American scholar to present a paper at the Borodino Conference in Russia. His awards include the Legion of Merit from the International Napoleonic Society, the President’s Medal from the Napoleonic Alliance, and the Marengo Medal from the province of Alessandria, Italy.

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