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The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Vol. I. (of IV.)   By: (1850-1928)

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The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Vol. I. (of IV.) by William Milligan Sloane is an extensive and meticulously researched biography of one of history's most influential figures. Sloane presents a comprehensive account of Napoleon's early life, military exploits, and rise to power, offering readers a captivating and detailed exploration of the man behind the myth.

One of the book's greatest strengths is Sloane's ability to blend scholarly rigor with lively storytelling. Despite the abundance of historical information packed into each chapter, the narrative remains engaging and accessible to readers of various backgrounds. This balance allows both avid history enthusiasts and casual readers to appreciate and learn from the book.

Sloane's portrayal of Napoleon is both insightful and balanced. He avoids falling into the trap of either glorifying or demonizing the French leader, instead, he presents a nuanced depiction that captures Napoleon's strengths, weaknesses, and ambitions. The author's objective tone allows readers to form their own opinions about Napoleon's character and deeds.

The depth of research presented in this volume is truly impressive. Sloane draws from a wide range of primary and secondary sources to construct a narrative that is rich in historical context. He paints a vivid picture of the political and social landscape of the time, allowing readers to understand the forces that shaped Napoleon's life and decisions.

Furthermore, Sloane's attention to detail paints a vivid picture of the military campaigns and political maneuverings that defined Napoleon's reign. From his early victories in Italy to his conquest of Egypt, each military campaign is examined in meticulous detail, offering readers an in-depth understanding of Napoleon's tactical brilliance and his ability to outmaneuver his adversaries.

Despite its scholarly nature, The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Vol. I. is not without its flaws. The book's dense prose and occasional digressions may prove challenging for readers seeking a lighter, more straightforward biography. Additionally, some may find the level of detail overwhelming, particularly in the discussions of military strategy and Napoleonic politics.

In conclusion, The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Vol. I. (of IV.) by William Milligan Sloane is a masterful biography that offers readers a comprehensive understanding of Napoleon's life and impact on history. Sloane's extensive research and engaging storytelling make this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in the life and times of one of history's most intriguing figures.

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[Transcriber's note: Obvious printer's errors have been corrected, all other inconsistencies are as in the original. The author's spelling has been maintained.]

[Illustration: Napoleon Bonaparte in 1785, aged sixteen. From sketch made by a comrade; formerly in the Musée des Souverains, now in the Louvre.]



WILLIAM MILLIGAN SLOANE PH.D., L.H.D., LL.D. Professor of History in Columbia University

Revised and Enlarged With Portraits


[Illustration: Editor's arm.]


Copyright, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1910 BY THE CENTURY CO.

Published, October, 1910


This life of Napoleon was first published in 1896 as a book: for the years 1895 96 it ran as a serial in the pages of the Century Magazine. Judging from the sales, it has been read by many tens if not hundreds of thousands of readers; and it has been extensively noticed in the critical journals of both worlds... Continue reading book >>

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