THE ROAD TO EMPIRE by Fletcher Pratt


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This is a definite contribution to the Napoleonic literature, since it deals not with the Napoleon of established dictatorship, but with the young General, drunk with the beginnings of military successes, arousing in the political leaders in Paris hatred, fears and suspicion, but himself virtually unaware of the latent political aspirations in his own breast. The story begins with 1795, carries through to the return from the Egyptian campaign and the overthrow of the Directory, and traces the intervening steps of his spectacular rise to power, both through the military activities, in full detail, and the machinations behind the scenes. There is a vivid picture of Napoleon the man -- and of the period which brought him into power; of a Paris honeycombed with intrigue; of Josephine, silent to Napoleon's pleas for attention, of an outer world scarcely aware of the prospective world conqueror in their midst. An essential book for the Napoleon student, and a book with elements of timeliness today.

Pub Date: July 28th, 1939
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran