The book Napoleon by Paul Johnson is a monograph on the life of Napoleon. Napoleon was born on

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The book Napoleon by Paul Johnson is a monograph on the life of Napoleon. Napoleon was born on August 15,1769 on an island called Corsica which was a French island south of the mainland. Ironically his future enemy Duke of Wellington was also born in 1769. Napoleon was born in the lower nobility class, and gifted with mathematics. He admired the Royal Navy and wanted to join as a midshipman. At the age of ten, Napoleon left Corsica for a military school in Brienne, France. On completion of his studies at Brienne in 1784, Napoleon was admitted to the elite military school in Paris. He trained to become an artillery officer. His full height was five feet and five inches tall and Napoleon was promoted to first lieutenant by 1791. Napoleon…show more content…
Napoleon somehow managed to sneak out of the island and escape back to paris. Troops and civilians immediately began to rally in his return. Napoleon was declared an outlaw by rest of europe. Napoleon then went of the offensive and attacked belgium, where the British and Prussian armies were camped. The british and prussians defeated Napoleon for the last time and exiled him to St. Helena where he would later die on May 5, 1821. Paul Johnsons purpose for writing Napoleon is really to inform the reader. The book covers the main things in his life from the day he is born to the day the dies.The author writes in chronological order really showing what affected young Napoleon while growing up shaped him to be an excellent leader and military expert. The book showed little insight into his personal life mostly ones military campaign. The author really tells the life of Napoleon in only a couple hundred pages so I feel a lot of details were missing. I think reading another monograph on Napoleon would be helpful to really compare the difference between two different authors, and their approach they took for writing a monograph. The author really does fit a lot of information in this book. If you were someone who wanted to learn about Napoleon, this is a book you can pick up and read in a short amount of time. While you will still finish the book knowing almost everything you need to know about Napoleon. Some other monographs on

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