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Napoleon

by Emil Ludwig

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A very emotional life of Napoleon, but not revealing of the subject's emotions, only those of the biographer. Mr. Emil liked Nappy, especially the image of the earlier, liberal Napoleon. I don't think this vision is a good one. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 5, 2013 |
Close view of Napoleon's thoughts and emotions. Interesting. ( )
  b38sanders | Apr 22, 2011 |
A very colorful and romanticized history of the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, his entourage and many of the royal personalities of that revolutionary period. An interesting read filled with much dramas, vivid scenes and exciting confrontations. ( )
  marcares | Apr 18, 2010 |
A treasured book from childhood; a romantic history of Napoleonic long on emotion and short on analysis.
  wfzimmerman | Jul 1, 2007 |
Extremely over-rated. ( )
  TheCelticSelkie | Dec 7, 2006 |
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Napoleon went forth to seek Virtue, but, since she was not to be found, he got Power. - Goethe
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A young woman is sitting in a tent.
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"I have never yet heard my own heart beating; it is almost as if I had none," he says, half seriously. Moderation, he assures us, is the secret of his amazing faculty for work.
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Emil Ludwig was born Emil Cohn in Breslau on 25 January 1881. Ludwig was apparently a pen name. His work on Napoleon was a best seller and made him famous. It secured his livelihood as a professional writer. He wrote many other books. Among others, he wrote biographies on Goethe, Bismarck, Lincoln, Hindenburg, Beethoven, Jesus, Cleopatra, Mussolini and Roosevelt, but he never hit another home run like he did with his book on Napoleon. He wrote his books in German but, due to the success of his book on Napoleon, they were translated almost immediately into English. In 1940, Ludwig moved to America, where he was able to live off the royalties to his works. After the war, he returned to Europe as a journalist and died there in Ascona, Switzerland on 17 September 1948.
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