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Rejecting the assumption that defeat was unavoidable, Price considers instead why Napoleon failed to explore a compromise peace that could have allowed him to keep his crown, arguing that the answer to this question has powerful implications for our understanding of the Napoleonic wars. Ultimately, Price provides a convincing portrait of the Emperor's decline, exposing his blindness, intransigence and miscalculations; his preference for war and his declining ability to wage it....
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By Michael on 08-08-15
The Tragedy of Napoleon
Shakespeare would have loved Napoleon for all the material he supplied for great stories. Self made man, genius, warrior, reformer, tyrant, tragic hero, villain and all too human. To try and take in all his life in one book is usually a mishmash of facts, opinions and half truths but when Munro Price can just look at the fall of Napoleon, there is a great story in itself. His rise was amazing, his battles a drama each unfolding differently from the last and the women, politics, great figures of the time all are worth looking at independently but this book is superb. Well worth listening to and I will keep it in my library for future entertainment. John Lee is great with his narration.
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