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Napoleon in Egypt

Auteur: Paul Strathern
Uitgever: Bantam
  • Engels
  • Druk: 1
  • 9780553385243
  • september 2009
  • Paperback
  • 480 pagina's
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In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte, only twenty-eight, set sail for Egypt with 335 ships, 40,000 soldiers, and a collection of scholars, artists, and scientists to establish an eastern empire. He saw himself as a liberator, freeing the Egyptians from oppression. But Napoleon wasn't the first—nor the last—who tragically misunderstood Muslim culture. Marching across seemingly endless deserts in the shadow of the pyramids, pushed to the limits of human endurance, his men would be plagued by mirages, suicides, and the constant threat of ambush. A crusade begun in honor would degenerate into chaos. And yet his grand failure also yielded a treasure trove of knowledge that paved the way for modern Egyptology—and it tempered the complex leader who believed himself destined to conquer the world.

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A compelling narrative of an epic collision between two civilizations.... Evok[ing] the incredible hardships endured by French soldiers in an unforgiving land. At the same time, he offers a poignant view of a Muslim society overwhelmed by invaders. ... Strathern's skillful use of memoir and other primary sources brings to life one of the most fascinating campaigns in military history. -- Library Journal, starred review In between the battle scenes, Strathern paints a portrait of Napoleon the man, sketching his humiliation over wife Josephine's infidelities and his implausibly lofty ideals, which spawned a generation of Romantic artists. -- Kirkus Reviews Paul Strathern's enthralling description of this bizarre imperial adventure reads like Conrad's Heart of Darkness....As a piece of storytelling, it is a masterpiece. --Daily Telegraph As a stirring narrative of doomed military endeavour, [Strathern's] book could hardly be bettered. -- Sunday Times Ambitious and wonderfully detailed saga...Strathern admirably balances the various legacies of the expedition while keeping the focus on its military character. -- Financial Times Magazine Those looking for an exciting, comprehensive narrative history of the whole expedition are advised to hunt down [this book]. --Tom Reiss, author of The Orientalist Very entertaining and well-written book. Strathern is very careful about his sources . . . so that a finely balanced picture emerges. -- Times Literary Supplement A well-written, fast-paced narrative . . . This book is a welcome and readable addition to the ever-growing library of books about this French colossus. -- BBC History Magazine [Strathern] has written a stirring narrative of the Egyptian adventure, which simultaneously demonstrates how Napoleon's experiences in Egypt foreshadowed many aspects of his later rule in France....This is popular narrative history at its best. -- Independent Superb . . . Strathern tells the appalling tale of the forced marches across endless deserts . . . with commendable gusto. -- Sunday Telegraph Illuiminating.... Napoleon in Egypt is undoubtedly the finest account of the Savants and their contribution to the fields of archaeology, ancient history, and botany to date.... A necessary addition to any Napoleonic shelf. -- Christian Science Monitor

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    I don't need to waste words on this book : simply put, Paul Strathern's book is the best on the subject, for me. Well written and a fast read. Excellent notes, index and bibliography. Cannot recommend it too much.
    Describes the whole Egyptian campaign from A-Z. Gives a very clear insight in what motivated Napoleon at the time and, despite his brilliance, the ease in which he used (and spent) his men. Read it !

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    I don't need to waste words on this book : simply put, Paul Strathern's book is the best on the subject, for me. Well written and a fast read. Excellent notes, index and bibliography. Cannot recommend it too much.
    Describes the whole Egyptian campaign from A-Z. Gives a very clear insight in what motivated Napoleon at the time and, despite his brilliance, the ease in which he used (and spent) his men. Read it !

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