This outstandingly vivid and accessible book, written by one of Britain's leading historians, provides the essential overview of Napoleon's career. Beginning in revolutionary France with a brilliant young Lieutenant who still styled himself Napoleone di Buonaparte, Holmes examines every facet of his subject's military career: his astonishing victories at the Battle of the Pyramids, Marengo, Jena and Austerlitz, through to defeat and exile under the immense weight of the great powers who were determined to stop the man who would be emperor of Europe.
Professor Richard Holmes is author of a string of bestsellers, most recently Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front . He is author of the international bestseller The D-Day Experience (over 200,000 copies sold) and wrote the top 10 bestsellers Wellington: The Iron Duke and Red Coat. Richard was General Editor of the Oxford Companion to Military History and has presented seven documentary series for the BBC, beginning with "War Walks" and including the recent "In the Footsteps of Churchill".