This is popular history at its most engrossing. Complete with images of rare, painstakingly researched documents, it's a vivid introduction to Napoleon's astonishing career and his effect on world history. Bestselling author Richard Holmes brings the era's great battles to life while he recounts in detail how Napoleon transformed the French nation, forging a pattern that shapes modern governments to this day.
Professor Richard Holmes is author of a string of bestsellers including The D-Day Experience (over 200,000 copies sold) for Carlton Books, Wellington: The Iron Duke (HarperCollins), and Red Coat (HarperCollins). He was General Editor of the Oxford Companion to Military History and has presented many documentary series for the BBC that were also aired in North America.