Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the giants of world history, has been the subject of more than two hundred thousand books. But when American-born French author and scholar, Alan Schom, began research in 1987 for a biography of Napoleon, he discovered an extraordinary fact: for many years there had not been an even remotely comprehensive, one-volume biography covering all aspects of Napoleon's life and career and, in addition, most books about Napoleon focused narrowly on specific periods or events of his regime.
Schom's remarkably ambitious, compulsively readable, and authoritative one-volume life of Napoleon fills this gap and includes all facets of Napoleon's incredible career, from his childhood in Corsica to his death in exile on the island of St Helena. It also follows his many military campaigns and describes the great battles he won and lost.
Enriched by more than ten years of research in the voluminous Napoleonic archives of Europe and the United States; enhanced by vivid recollections and personal accounts of contemporaries who knew Napoleon; fast-paced and full of fascinating profiles and dramatic events; and embellished by nearly one hundred illustrations and many maps, this book is a fully balanced and enormously engrossing portrait of one of the greatest and most controversial historical figures of all time.