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The Invisible Emperor

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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 384
Subject: History & Classics

The Invisible Emperor

Napoleon on Elba

Mark Braude

An intimate encounter with one of the most influential people ever to live

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781781258026 (Published 27 Sep 2018)

About the book

Few historical figures are as well-known as Napoleon Bonaparte, and yet the Emperor's ten-month exile on the small island of Elba is virtually unexplored. Now, for the first time, we have a window into this critical moment when the most powerful man on earth turns defeat into one final challenge.

A close character study mixed with a world-shaking drama, The Invisible Emperor will show Napoleon as he's never before been seen: as heart-broken husband, civil engineer, interior decorator, gardener and spy master. It will show a man at his nadir rise up against the global odds to build a miniature island empire, turn his two greatest foes into his closest confidantes, and return to France without firing a single shot.

About the author

Mark Braude is a lecturer in modern European history at Stanford and the author of Making Monte Carlo (Simon and Schuster)


Praise for Making Monte Carlo:Braude's fluent and fast-paced writing style is ideally suited to his subject matter, which is all about vision, speed of thought and execution... this is such an overlooked history - one that Belgian author Luc Sante justifi­ably describes in the book's blurb as being "as capacious and dramatic as a 19th-century thriller".

- The Financial Times

A well-researched, dramatic rags-to-riches urban tale.

- Kirkus Reviews

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 384
Subject: History & Classics

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