Napoleon The Great, by Andrew Roberts


Napoleon feared the indiscipline that arose when armed men faced near starvation. ‘Without bread, the solider tends to an excess of violence’ he wrote, ‘that makes one blush for being a man’. Certainly his demands on Paris were constant, and on April the 1st he managed to get 5000 pairs of shoes delivered. An astonishing number of his letters throughout his career refer to providing footwear for his troops. Although he probably never said ‘an army marches on his stomach’, as legend has it, he was always deeply conscious that it indubitably marched on its feet.




This is the definitive modern biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the most extraordinary of all military leaders. In the space of just twenty years, from October 1795 when as a young artillery captain he cleared the streets of Paris of insurrectionists, to his final defeat at the (horribly mismanaged) battle of Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon transformed France and Europe. After seizing power in a coup d’etat he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the Revolution had descended; in a series of dazzling battles he reinvented the art of warfare; in peace, he completely remade the laws of France, modernised her systems of education and administration, and presided over a flourishing of the beautiful ‘Empire style’ in the arts. More…

Image: Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David


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