Shortlist year: 
2014
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Bloomsbury Publishing

About the book

Book cover of Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815

This second volume of Philip Dwyer's outstanding biography sheds further light on one of the great figures of history. After a meteoric rise, a coup in 1799 established Napoleon Bonaparte in government, aged just thirty. Dwyer examines the man in power, from his brooding obsessions and capacity for violence, to his ability to inspire others. One of the first modern politicians, Napoleon skilfully fashioned the image of himself that laid the foundation of the legend that endures to this day; Dwyer's ambitious work separates myth from history in its exploration of one of history's most charismatic and able leaders.