The distinguished historian Andrew Roberts has written his greatest book to date and has made an important contribution to the vast Napoleonic literature. His Napoleon: A Life (whose British title is Napoleon the Great) is a monument of research and organization, adheres to the author’s well-established high-stylistic standard, and reaches a new summit of thoroughness and balance in his treatment of probably the most gigantic personality in the history of the world (barring those widely regarded as partially divine).1 Every significant or interesting aspect of Napoleon’s life is dealt with: the general, the administrator and reformer, the law-giver, the academician and intellectual, the promoter of science, the ardent...

 
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