Napoleon The Path to Power

ISBN-10: 0300151322

ISBN-13: 9780300151329

Edition: N/A

Authors: Philip Dwyer

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At just thirty years of age, Napoleon Bonaparte ruled the most powerful country in Europe. But the journey that led him there was neither inevitable nor smooth. This authoritative biography focuses on the evolution of Napoleon as a leader and debunks many of the myths that are often repeated about himsensational myths often propagated by Napoleon himself. Here, Philip Dwyer sheds new light on Napoleon's inner lifeespecially his darker side and his passionsto reveal a ruthless, manipulative, driven man whose character has been disguised by the public image he carefully fashioned to suit the purposes of his ambition. Dwyer focuses acutely on Napoleon's formative years, from his Corsican origins to his French education, from his melancholy youth to his flirtation with radicals of the French Revolution, from his first military campaigns in Italy and Egypt to the political-military coup that brought him to power in 1799. One of the first truly modern politicians, Napoleon was a master of "spin," using the media to project an idealized image of himself. Dwyer's biography of the young Napoleon provides a fascinating new perspective on one of the great figures of modern history.
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List price: $30.00
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 3/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.892

List of Maps
A Note on the Use of Names
Prologue: The Bridge at Arcola
The Outsider, 1769-1792
The Pleasure of Recognition Imaginary Landscapes
Carlo and Paoli
'A Violent Enthusiasm for Liberty'
The Choice
A 'Vigorous and Rude' Education
'You Will Be My Avenger'
'A Sombre and Cantankerous Youth'
Death of the Father
A Corsican in France, a Frenchman in Corsica
Corsica in Revolution
An Island in Turmoil
Working towards the Revolution
The Return of the Babbo
Ambition Awakened
The Republican
'I Wanted You to Be Free'
The Easter Sunday Murders
Buonaparte, Paris and the Revolution
The Revolutionary, 1792-1796
Increasing Tensions
The Expedition to Sardinia
The Rupture
'Perpetual Infamy'
'It Is Better to Eat Than Be Eaten'
The Jacobin
The Situation in the Midi
The Siege of Toulon
'Ville Infame'
Italy - the First Plans
Shifting Political Sands
'My Tender Eug�nie'
Paris: The Decisive Months
The Political Appointee
General Vend�miaire
'Seizing the Moon with His Teeth'
'A Proud Cajoler'
The Conquering Hero, 1796-1798
First Impressions
An Army of Brigands
Defeating Piedmont
'The Moral Force of Victory'
Conquest and Pillage
The Entry into Milan
'I Thought Only of You'
The Price of Liberty
Lombardy in Revolt
Liberating Italian Art
'My Life is a Perpetual Nightmare'
Artists and Soldiers, Politics and Love
Rebirth - Arcola
Exploiting Victory
Love and Self-Pity
Breaking Free
The Apprenticeship of Power
Invading the Papal States
'Turn Their Thoughts towards the Idea of Liberty'
'Has the Rhine Been Crossed?'
The Liberator of Italy
The Veronese Easter
The Court at Mombello
Bonaparte the 'Italique'
Defending 'Liberty and its Friends'
Entering the Political Fray: The Coup of Fructidor
'Drunk with Happiness'
'A Pure and Great Giant of Glory'
The Civilizing Hero, 1798-1799
A Grandiose Exile
The Decision
The Philosopher General
Moments of Doubt
Confronting Egypt
The Crossing
'Like Fish on the Plains of Saint-Denis'
Sand, Melancholy and Suicide
Conciliation and Terror: Governing Egypt
Tearing Away the Veil
The Plague
Prisoner of his Conquest
The Battle of the Nile
The Revolt of Cairo
The Decision to Invade Syria
The Limits of Imagination
'All Human Effort against Me is Useless'
The Massacre at Jaffa
Fear and Contagion
The Siege of St John of Acre
The End of the Dream
Retreat and Revenge
Aboukir: Defeat Atoned
The Flight from Egypt
Seizing Power, 1799
The Return of the Saviour
Like an 'Electric Shock'
'The Man Who Would Save France'
France on the Eve of the Coup
The 'Sword'
Negotiating a Role
The Plot
The Coup as Farce
The First Act
The Second Act
The Final Scene
In Search of the Saviour
In Search of Bonaparte
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