NAPOLEON by Manuel Komroff
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Excellent, and worthy of Mr. Komroff's versatility and gifts as a writer. His adult books have ranged wide in their historical backgrounds; his juveniles have included Macro Polo and Adventures of Spies. In turning to Napoleon and a period he has already studied closely, he conveys an instant sense of time, place and character. In vivid terms, he starts with Napoleon's first coup, when as a young officer he fought the Paris mobs for Barras, in 1795, and won promotion to Commander in Chief of the Army of the Interior, at twenty six. Komroff then turns back to Napoleon's Corsican boyhood and the many factors that molded his character; then forward again to the familiar steps of his rise and fall. This merits fresh consideration of the ever-fascinating figure- for the manner of the telling of a many-times told tale. Recommended.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1954
Publisher: Shelf of Biographies- Messner