By Alistair Horne
The age of Napoleon remodeled Europe, laying the rules for the trendy international. Now Alistair Horne, one of many nice chroniclers of French background offers us a clean account of that awesome time.
Born into poverty at the distant island of Corsica, he rose to prominence within the turbulent years following the French Revolution, while so much of Europe used to be arrayed opposed to France. via a string of marvelous and unbelievable victories (gained as a lot via his outstanding skill to motivate his troops as via his army genius), Napoleon caused a positive peace that made him the idol of France and, later, its absolute ruler.
Heir to the Revolution, Napoleon himself was once no longer a innovative; particularly he was once a reformer and a modernizer, either liberator and autocrat. seeking to the Napoleonic wars that raged at the one hand, and to the hot social order rising at the different, Horne incisively courses readers via each element of Napoleon’s two-decade rule: from France’s newfound dedication to an aristocracy in accordance with benefit instead of inheritance, to its civil code (Napoleon’s most crucial and enduring legacy), to censorship, delicacies, the feel of everyday life in Paris, and the impact of Napoleon out of the country. on the heart of Horne’s tale is a novel guy, one whose ambition, determination, strength and talent to command replaced heritage, and keeps to fascinate us today.
From the Hardcover edition.