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Paul Johnson On Napoleon

From a reader:

Paul Johnson wrote one of those short “Penguin Life” bios of Napoleon.

Here’s the Publishers Weekly recap:

From Publishers Weekly

The career of a different kind of celebrity hound is examined in historian

Paul Johnson’s Napoleon. Johnson (A History of the American People) contends

that Bonaparte sowed the seeds of the devastating warfare and totalitarian

regimes of the 20th century. Stressing that the Corsican general was

motivated by opportunism alone, Johnson traces his rise to power and

expansionist bids, arguing that the most important legacies of his rule were

the eclipse of France as the leading European power and the introduction of

such enduring institutions as the secret police and government propaganda



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