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Author: Michael Broers Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2019 ISBN: 9781982586171
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Written with great energy and authority―and using the newly available personal archives of Napoleon himself―the first volume of a majestic two-part biography of the great French emperor and conqueror

All previous lives of Napoleon have relied more on the memoirs of others than on his own uncensored words. This is the first life of Napoleon, in any language, that makes full use of his newly released personal correspondence compiled by the Napoléon Foundation in Paris.

Michael Broers’ biography draws on the thoughts of Napoleon himself as his incomparable life unfolded. It reveals a man of intense emotion, but also of iron self-discipline; of acute intelligence and immeasurable energy. Tracing his life from its dangerous Corsican roots, through his rejection of his early identity, and the dangerous military encounters of his early career, it tells the story of the sheer determination, ruthlessness, and careful calculation that won him the precarious mastery of Europe by 1807. After the epic battles of Austerlitz, Jena, and Friedland, France was the dominant land power on the continent.

Here is the first biography of Napoleon in which this brilliant, violent leader is evoked to give the listener a full, dramatic, and all-encompassing portrait.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Breathtaking. The best―and certainly the most original―scholar writing in this field writing in English. Broers succeeds admirably.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “This is a serious work, the product of reflection as well as research befitting a distinguished professor of Western European History at Oxford.”

    Washington Post

  • “Among the plethora of Napoleon biographies, this is immensely engaging for lay readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Michael Broers is Professor of Western European History at Oxford University. He is the author of The Napoleonic Empire in Italy, 1796–1814, winner of the Grand Prix Napoleon Prize, and Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny. He lives in Oxford, England.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.