The Great Commanders is a masterly portrait of six men - Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Horatio Nelson, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ulysses S. Grant and Georgi Zhukov - whose military genius changed the course of world history.
"Broad, and High Level History"
Between 1796 and 1815, the continent of Europe was held in thrall by one of the most remarkable personalities of modern times, a man whose name was on the lips of every man, woman, and child: Napoleon Bonaparte. Certainly, one would have to go back to the time of Charlemagne to find his equal on the field of battle, in the halls of diplomacy, or in the courts of jurisprudence.
"A very good short biography"
Many thought that Napoleon was the greatest military genius since Alexander the Great. The diminutive general, a conquering hero, helped steer the French through revolution and reign of terror, then parlayed his military victories into an emperor's crown. Griffiths, a noted historian and a major in the British army, gives a no-nonsense account of one of history's most enigmatic figures.
"Tedious and confusing"
The frontiers of states are either large rivers, or chains of mountains, or deserts. Of all these obstacles to the march of an army, the most difficult to overcome is the desert; mountains come next, and broad rivers occupy the third place.
Josephine de Beauharnais began as a kept woman of Paris and became the most powerful woman in France. She was no beauty; her teeth were rotten, and she was six years older than her husband, but one twitch of her skirt could bring running the man who terrorized Europe. The tale of Napoleon and Josephine is one of the most famous love stories in the world. With Josephine, Napoleon became the greatest man in Europe, the Supreme Emperor.
Josephine's life story was as turbulent as the age, an era of revolution and social upheaval, of the guillotine and of frenzied hedonism. With telling psychological depth and compelling literary grace, Carolly Erickson brings the complex, charming, ever resilient Josephine to life in this memorable portrait, one that carries the reader from the sensual richness of her childhood in the tropics to her final lonely days at Malmaison.
"Biased, but a good read."
Nel secondo volume della serie “Breve Storia di Napoleone Bonaparte” si ripercorrono le tappe fondamentali delle due campagne militari che portarono al successo del giovane comandate francese e alla creazione del suo mito. Nella campagna d’Italia, combattuta tra il 1796-1797, Napoleone dimostrò abili capacità strategiche e grandi doti condottiere.
Gli eventi che portarono Napoleone al potere furono il frutto di un contesto sto-rico preciso in cui per la prima volta nella Storia si facevano vive le istanze di li-bertà da parte di tutte le classi sociali. I fatti e i protagonisti di un evento cruciale per la storia dell'Europa, come la Rivoluzione francese, sono il fulcro di questo primo volume della "Breve storia dell'epoca napoleonica". Scopriremo inoltre un giovane Napoleone, la formazione militare, i primi passi come soldato e gli iniziali audaci sogni di gloria.
Nel terzo volume della serie Breve Storia di Napoleone Bonaparte si ripercor-rono le tappe fondamentali che portarono Nel quinto volume della serie "Breve Storia di Napoleone Bonaparte" riviviamo la campagna di Napoleone in Spagna: dopo le gravi sconfitte subite dalle truppe francesi nell'estate 1808, Napoleone decise di intervenire personalmente organizzando una serie di abili manovre che disgregarono lo schieramento spagnolo e sbaragliarono i principali concentramenti nemici.
Nel terzo volume della serie “Breve Storia di Napoleone Bonaparte” si ripercor-rono le tappe fondamentali che portarono Napoleone a diventare sovrano asso-luto dell’Europa continentale. Dopo il colpo di stato del 18 Brumaio, il generale pone le basi per consolidare il suo dominio e il suo potere: si fa nominare Primo Console, redige il Codice napoleonico e porta a termine vittoriosamente nume-rose battaglie contro gli Austriaci e gli Inglesi.
One of the greatest military leaders that ever lived, Napoleon left behind a legacy. His work has lived on, years after his death. His Code Napoleon has formed the foundation for most of the legal and parliamentary systems across Europe and the rest of the world today. Such was the impact that Napoleon had on the world.
France was in a state of chaos. Her Royal Family and most of her nobility had been swept away during her bloody revolution and terror stalked the land. The country was bankrupt, her armies a rabble of ill-fed, half-naked men. And then, within a few brief years, these same armies were sweeping across Europe in an all-conquering flood. As if by a miracle, a man had arisen who restored France to her former greatness, and more.
After his surrender to the Royal Navy, Napoleon became the object of massive English public interest. He would live out his last years on the island of St. Helena without ever admitting to being a prisoner. This close study of Napoleon in captivity attempts to reconstruct an authentic portrait of the fallen emperor by examining contemporary documents and records of public opinion.
Armed conflict has produced many of the great leaders in human history. Some fought purely for glory, others waged war out of desperation, and even more were driven by a sense of duty. Every leader has human qualities that transcend time and culture. The lessons taught, tactics used, and losses suffered stand as a testament to their lives and accomplishments.
"OMFG! I CANT STAND IT!"
Love. Perhaps our greatest quest in life is to love and be loved in return. A task as easy and as difficult as the people involved. Here the beloved British actor and Hollywood star David Niven reads a selection of letters from across the Centuries and across the Continents; Napoleon to Josephine, Abraham Lincoln to the Other Mary, Shelley to Mary Godwin are among the treats you'll hear.
In 1789 a group of sober-minded, concerned citizens set in motion a series of events which were to end up leading to the deaths of thousands of perfectly innocent persons. How did this reasonable movement of level-headed civic leaders spin out of control? At a glance, the French Revolution appears a bewildering series of political factions sweeping in and out of power, massacre and counter-massacre, terror and guillotine, and one economic crisis following another.
"A good overview"
From the death of Louis XIV in 1715 until the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, there occurred a profound evolution in the thinking of political philosophers, whose epoch is known as The Enlightenment. There were three men whose writings were to be most responsible for this intellectual whirlwind: Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau.
"Leaders that could have done better!"