Michael Broers is Professor of Western European History at Oxford University. He is the author of, among other books about revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, The Napoleonic Empire in Italy, 1796-1814, winner of the Grand Prix Napoleon prize, 2006, and of Napoleon's Other War: Bandits, Rebels and their Pursuers in the Age of Revolutions.
The scholarship is impressive, the narrative has the pace and panache appropriate to the subject and there is much that is new, particularly when Broers probes behind the glitzy facade of Bonaparte's empire. --The Times, Book of the Week The finest biography of Napoleon ever written . . . a wonderful amalgam of deep knowledge, elegant prose and compelling argument. --Telegraph An extremely rich, multidimensional and fresh work . . . This is a truly magnificent book that deals masterfully with a pivotal movement in European history. --Literary Review