Author: Geoffrey James Ellis

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780582025479

Category: History

Page: 290

View: 9377

A biography of the military genius, who in 1804 crowned himself Emperor of the French and established a vast European empire.


Author: Geoffrey Ellis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317874692

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 7065

This invaluable account provides an excellent introduction to the nature and mechanics of Napoleon's power, and how he used it. It explores Napoleon's rise to fame as a soldier of the French Revolution and his aims and achievements as first consul and emperor during the years 1799-1815.

Napoleon III

Author: James F. Mcmillan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317870441

Category: History

Page: 196

View: 8810

In this assessment James McMillan moves away from ideologically-based representations of the man to focus on his use of power. He recognises the Emporer as a highly skilled operator who in the face of innumerable obstacles, attempted to conduct an original policy.

Citizen Emperor

Napoleon in Power

Author: Philip Dwyer

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300190662

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 4136

In this second volume of Philip Dwyer’s authoritative biography on one of history’s most enthralling leaders, Napoleon, now 30, takes his position as head of the French state after the 1799 coup. Dwyer explores the young leader’s reign, complete with mistakes, wrong turns, and pitfalls, and reveals the great lengths to which Napoleon goes in the effort to fashion his image as legitimate and patriarchal ruler of the new nation. Concealing his defeats, exaggerating his victories, never hesitating to blame others for his own failings, Napoleon is ruthless in his ambition for power. Following Napoleon from Paris to his successful campaigns in Italy and Austria, to the disastrous invasion of Russia, and finally to the war against the Sixth Coalition that would end his reign in Europe, the book looks not only at these events but at the character of the man behind them. Dwyer reveals Napoleon’s darker sides—his brooding obsessions and propensity for violence—as well as his passionate nature: his loves, his ability to inspire, and his capacity for realizing his visionary ideas. In an insightful analysis of Napoleon as one of the first truly modern politicians, the author discusses how the persuasive and forward-thinking leader skillfully fashioned the image of himself that persists in legends that surround him to this day.

Profiles of Power & Success

Fourteen Geniuses who Broke the Rules

Author: Gene N. Landrum

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 412

View: 9345

Suggests that geniuses are not born, but are nurtured, self-motivated individuals who learn how to be great

The Napoleonic Empire

Author: Geoffrey Ellis

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137243376

Category: History

Page: 184

View: 2951

Was Napoleon the 'heir' of the French Revolution, the great consolidator of its reforms, or did he distort and even abandon its principles? What were the aims and effects of Napoleonic rule in France and in conquered Europe more widely? This second edition of The Napoleonic Empire offers a critical reassessment of these central issues and provides a fresh synthesis of the most important research during the past forty years. Beginning with Napoleon's inheritance, Geoffrey Ellis balances the conflicting evidence for change or continuity over the years from the Revolutionary upheaval to the height of the 'Grand Empire'. The new edition: - covers the administrative, military, social and economic aspects of the subject - redefines the whole impact of Napoleonic imperialism in both the short and longer term - offers more extensive coverage of Napoleon's treatment of the annexed lands and subject states of his Empire, as well as of military conscription, desertion, and the role of the Gendarmerie in the war against brigands and military defaulters - provides an expanded discussion of the institutional legacy of Napoleonic rule in France and Europe With an up-dated and more comprehensive bibliography, this thoroughly revised text is an invaluable guide to Napoleon's Europe and is ideal for specialist and general readers alike.


his wives and women

Author: Christopher Hibbert

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 381

View: 1688


Author: Philip G. Dwyer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317881834

Category: History

Page: 246

View: 1006

From church establishment figure to revolutionary, supporter of Napoleon Bonaparte to promoter of the Bourbon Restoration, the twists and turns of Charles Maurice Prince de Talleyrand’s remarkable career through one of the most turbulent periods of French and European history continue to fascinate. Witty and wiley, cynical and charming, Talleyrand has been portrayed as a cynical opportunist, hypocrite, and traitor who betrayed governments whenever he had a chance to do so. Yet as the representative of France and advocate of peace at the Congress of Vienna, he has also been cast as the saviour of Europe. Philip Dwyer offers a detached, more nuanced analysis of the role of Talleyrand in the corridors of power over five different French regimes. He presents Talleyrand as a pragmatist, a member of the French political elite, mediating between various political interests and ideological tendencies to produce a working compromise, rather than actively seeking the overthrow of governments. His ability to weather the tectonic shifts in French and European politics of the time, and to successfully attach himself to the prevalent political trend, ensured that his role as French statesman was long and productive.

Napoleon III

A Life

Author: Fenton Bresler

Publisher: N.A


Category: Emperors

Page: 438

View: 4865

Prince Louis Napoleon was born with a compelling sense of destiny. The eldest nephew of Bonaparte, he came from exile and ignominy to rule France, first as President then as Emperor for 22 years, from 1848 to 1870. Under his benevolent dictatorship, the nation grew in artistic fulfilment, industrial wealth and international influence - until catastrophic defeat at the hands of Bismarck in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 cast her back into the shadows.

The Death of Napoleon

Author: Simon Leys

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1590178432

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 2890

As he bore a vague resemblance to the Emperor, the sailors on board the Hermann-Augustus Stoeffer had nicknamed him Napoleon. And so, for convenience, that is what we shall call him. Besides, he was Napoleon. . . . Napoleon has escaped from St. Helena, leaving a double behind him. Now disguised as the cabin hand Eugène Lenormand and enduring the mockery of the crew (Na­po­leon, they laughingly nickname the pudgy, hopelessly clumsy little man), he is on his way back to Europe, ready to make contact with the huge secret organization that will return him to power. But then the ship on which he sails is rerouted from Bordeaux to Antwerp. When Napoleon disembarks, he is on his own. He revisits the battlefield of Waterloo, now a tourist destination. He makes his way to Paris. Mistakes, misunderstandings, and mishaps conduct our puzzled hero deeper and deeper into the mystery of Napoleon.

Profiles of Female Genius

Thirteen Creative Women Who Changed the World

Author: Gene N. Landrum

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1615925422

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 437

View: 7429

Following the pattern of his acclaimed Profiles of Genius, Gene N. Landrum discusses the elements that give these extraordinary women the edge over their competition. Among the factors Landrum addresses are psychosexual desire, the tendency to take abnormal risks, a visionary perspective, a dream-like but unshakable belief system, an intuitive operating style, and boundless energy.To define what genetic, imprinted, and conditioned elements contribute to this creative process, Landrum writes about the significance of birth order, personality, risk-taking propensity, educational background, inner drives, mentors, and need to achieve, the willingness to sacrifice, cultural influences, and life crises, in an effort to show what makes these women tick.Among the success stories profiled are cosmetic executives Mary Kay Ash, Liz Claiborne, Estee Lauder, and Warnaco CEO Linda Wachner; opera singer Maria Callas; actress Jane Fonda; entertainer Madonna; gift catalog founder Lillian Vernon; politicians Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher; activists Ayn Rand and Gloria Steinem; and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.. . . the well-researched biographies contain many details of interest to readers of both sexes. -Baton Rouge Magazine. . . enjoyable to read. Recommended for public and large academic libraries and popular culture collections. -Library JournalA valuable source . . . -School Library Journal

A First-Rate Madness

Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

Author: Nassir Ghaemi

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110151759X

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

View: 4931

This New York Times bestseller is a myth-shattering exploration of the powerful connections between mental illness and leadership. Historians have long puzzled over the apparent mental instability of great and terrible leaders alike: Napoleon, Lincoln, Churchill, Hitler, and others. In A First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi, director of the Mood Disorders Programme at Tufts Medical Center, offers and sets forth a controversial, compelling thesis: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders also make for the best leaders in times of crisis. From the importance of Lincoln's "depressive realism" to the lacklustre leadership of exceedingly sane men as Neville Chamberlain, A First-Rate Madness overturns many of our most cherished perceptions about greatness and the mind.

Profiles in Leadership

Author: Alan Axelrod

Publisher: Prentice Hall Press


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 595

View: 4197

Offers two hundred biographical entries about great leaders from history, classifying them as conquerors, innovators, problem solvers, profit makers, strategists, visionaries, systems creators, and leveragers.

Napoleon, CEO

6 Principles to Guide and Inspire Modern Leaders

Author: Alan Axelrod

Publisher: Sterling Publishing (NY)

ISBN: 9781402791086

Category: Executive ability

Page: 288

View: 1138

The next in Alan Axelrod's engaging and popular CEO series spotlights a perfect subject: Napoleon, the brilliant military strategist who also laid the administrative and judicial foundations for much of Western Europe. Axelrod looks at this much-studied figure in a new way, exploring six areas that constitute the core of what made Napoleon a great leader: Audacity, Vision, Empathy, Strategy, Logistics, and Tactics. Within these areas Axelrod formulates approximately 60 lessons framed in military analogies, valuable for anyone who aspires to leadership, whether in the boardroom or the Oval Office.

Napoleon III and His Carnival Empire

Author: John Bierman

Publisher: St Martins Press

ISBN: 9780312039004

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 2060

Louis Napoleon, nephew to the famous Bonaparte, is one of the most colorful historical actors of the nineteenth century. Bohemian, adventurer, compulsive Don Juan, he managed, to the astonishment of virtually everyone, to be elected President of France in 1848 and within three years staged the coup d'etat that made him Emperor.

Heroes & Villains

Inside the minds of the greatest warriors in history

Author: Frank McLynn

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409070344

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 6009

In the history of warfare, an elite group of men have attained almost legendary status through their courage, ambition and unrivalled military genius. But many of these same men possessed deep personal character flaws. In Heroes & Villains, acclaimed historian Frank McLynn focuses on six of the most powerful and magnetic leaders of all time: Spartacus, Attila the Hun, Richard the Lionheart, Cortés, Tokugawa Ieyasu and Napoleon. How did these mortal men rise to positions of seemingly invincible power? What were the motives, the personal strengths and often weaknesses that drove them to achieve what no one else dared? In six powerful portraits, McLynn brilliantly evokes the critical moments when each of these warriors proved themselves in battle, changing their own lives, the destiny of their people and, in some cases, the history of the world. We discover what drove Spartacus to take on the might of Rome against seemingly impossible odds, and how the young Napoleon rose to power in dramatic fashion at the Siege of Toulon. Heroes & Villains is more than a collection of individual biographies. By examining the complex psychologies of these extraordinary men, McLynn builds up a convincing profile of the ultimate warrior. Accompanying a major BBC television series, this brilliant book takes us into the minds of the greatest warriors in history.


Author: Paul Johnson

Publisher: Viking Press

ISBN: 9780670030781

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 190

View: 1878

An acclaimed historian turns his sights on Napoleon, casting his towering life in a new light, from his early displays of military genius through his lust for power and his eventual defeat at Waterloo and exile on St. Helena. 30,000 first printing.

William the Conqueror

Author: David Bates

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300183836

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 6186

Fifteen years in the making, a landmark reinterpretation of the life of a pivotal figure in British and European history In this magisterial addition to the Yale English Monarchs series, David Bates combines biography and a multidisciplinary approach to examine the life of a major figure in British and European history. Using a framework derived from studies of early medieval kingship, he assesses each phase of William’s life to establish why so many trusted William to invade England in 1066 and the consequences of this on the history of the so-called Norman Conquest after the Battle of Hastings and for generations to come. A leading historian of the period, Bates is notable for having worked extensively in the archives of northern France and discovered many eleventh- and twelfth-century charters largely unnoticed by English-language scholars. Taking an innovative approach, he argues for a move away from old perceptions and controversies associated with William’s life and the Norman Conquest. This deeply researched volume is the scholarly biography for our generation.