Napoleon

Paul Johnson, Author Viking Books $19.95 (190p) ISBN 978-0-670-03078-1
The career of a different kind of celebrity hound is examined in historian Paul Johnson's Napoleon. Johnson (A History of the American People) contends that Bonaparte sowed the seeds of the devastating warfare and totalitarian regimes of the 20th century. Stressing that the Corsican general was motivated by opportunism alone, Johnson traces his rise to power and expansionist bids, arguing that the most important legacies of his rule were the eclipse of France as the leading European power and the introduction of such enduring institutions as the secret police and government propaganda operations. ( on sale May 13)
Reviewed on: 05/01/2002
Release date: 05/01/2002
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 271 pages - 978-0-7540-7407-6
Hardcover - 271 pages - 978-0-7540-7406-9
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