The character and accomplishments of Napoleon Bonaparte have often split critics and commentators. Frank McLynn draws on the most recent scholarship in this persuasive biography to shed new light on this most paradoxical of men—as military leader, lover, and emperor.

McLynn follows Napoleon’s incredible journey from his Corsican origins, through the years of the French Revolution and his military victories, to his coronation in 1804 and eventual defeat and imprisonment. Napoleon was both an existential hero and a plaything of Fate, a mathematician and a mystic, an intellectual giant and a spiritual pygmy, as McLynn beautifully reveals.



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