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Napoleon by Emil Ludwig

This is the great classic biography of Napoleon, just as it was first
published in 1926, with the cover here being the original cover on the
1926 work.

This book has been reprinted many times, by many different publishers.
Here we are using the original 1926 First edition.

There have been many other biographies of Napoleon. What makes Emil
Ludwig's work the most famous of all is his literary style and
presentation. The book starts with “The Island”, and then follows with
“The Torrent”, “The River”, “The Sea” and finally concludes with “The
Rock”.

The names for some of these parts are obvious. “The Island” was the
Island of Corsica where Napoleon was born on 15 August 1769. “The
Rock” was of course the Island of Saint Helena where Napoleon was
exiled and where he finally died on 5 May 1821.

What remains a mystery to anybody who is not French is: Why is
Napoleon so revered by the French People? True, he rose from humble
origins to become a great emperor. His troops revered him and followed
him, even to their deaths. Yet, his campaigns were disastrous, most
notably his 1812 campaign into Moscow where he discovered, after
conquering the country, that his troops had no food to eat, the crops
having been burned.

Most of his troops died in the retreat from Moscow. Why then did fresh
troops join him? Why is the tomb of Napoleon a great monument in Paris
today? Why did his successors rule France and neighboring countries
thereafter, including Napoleon III or Louis Napoleon? We in the West
cannot figure this out.

Another question is: Why did his troops follow him, knowing the
likelihood that they would die in battle? After the end of his
campaigns in 1812, his troops were largely German, not French, the
French troops having already died. It is so easy to understand that
his troops followed him because they thought he was the best general?

But why fight at all? It is widely assumed that the reason that men go
off to war, to fight and die in battle, it to get the women on the
other side. The women of the enemy are the prizes to be won at war.
Or, perhaps, it is a latent homosexual desire, the desire to be with
one's “buddies”.

This biography by Emil Ludwig (1881-1948) is at its best when dealing
with the personality and the character of Napoleon. He brings Napoleon
to life. No other writer has done that so well and it is for this
reason that this biography is the most famous. On the other hand,
there is a bit too much of “Hero Worshiping” in this biography.

Emil Ludwig was born Emil Cohn in Breslau on 25 January 1881. Ludwig
was apparently a pen name. His work on Napoleon was a best seller and
made him famous.

It secured his livelihood as a professional writer. He wrote many
other books. Among others, he wrote biographies on Goethe, Bismarck,
Lincoln, Hindenburg, Beethoven, Jesus, Cleopatra, Mussolini and
Roosevelt, but he never hit another home run like he did with his book
on Napoleon.

He wrote his books in German but, due to the success of his book on
Napoleon, they were translated almost immediately into English.

Perhaps his most noteworthy work, aside of his book on Napoleon, was
his interview of Joseph Stalin in Moscow on December 13, 1931. One can
see from this interview on the one hand how Stalin was a capable
administrator and on the other hand how his actions led to the deaths
of millions. One can also see in this interview the seeds of the deal
to divide Poland and the makings of World War II.

In 1940, Ludwig moved to America, where he was able to live off the
royalties to his works. After the war, he returned to Europe as a
journalist and died there in Ascona, Switzerland on 17 September 1948.

The biography is divided into five books One, "The Island" (birth to
marriage); Two, "The Torrent" (Army of Italy to First Counsel); Three,
"The River" (Marengo to birth of Napoleon II); Four, "The Sea" (Russia
to Waterloo); and Five, "The Rock" (St. Helena). Each book begins with
a quote from Goethe.

Regarding his tendency towards Hero Worship, The Times review of this
book said that some “may be astonished at the warmth of his
enthusiasm; may feel, not that he is uncritical, for he is critic
before all, but that he sometimes appears determined to contemplate
only the fairest side of the medal. Yet it cannot be said that he ever
bestows admiration without cause.” Ludwig's admiration for Napoleon is
“mainly intellectual, though morally he is prepared to go farther in
his support than many critics.” Discussing the appeal of Napoleon, The
Times said it is the “universal genius of Napoleon which has focused
upon him the attention of so many thousands.”

Another question is: Why would a German write with such praise for
Napoleon, when Germany suffered so much because of him?

Ludwig became a Swiss citizen in 1932 and at the time of his death in
1948 had several biographies in progress including Alexander, Karl
William von Humboldt and King David. Ludwig probably spread himself
too thin, but his Napoleon continues to have an impact today.

Sam Sloan
November 23, 2009

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...SBN=4871878503
http://www.amazon.com/dp/4871878500
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Napoleon by Emil Ludwig

This is the great classic biography of Napoleon, just as it was first
published in 1926, with the cover here being the original cover on the
1926 work.

This book has been reprinted many times, by many different publishers.
Here we are using the original 1926 First edition.

There have been many other biographies of Napoleon. What makes Emil
Ludwig's work the most famous of all is his literary style and
presentation. The book starts with “The Island”, and then follows with
“The Torrent”, “The River”, “The Sea” and finally concludes with “The
Rock”.

The names for some of these parts are obvious. “The Island” was the
Island of Corsica where Napoleon was born on 15 August 1769. “The
Rock” was of course the Island of Saint Helena where Napoleon was
exiled and where he finally died on 5 May 1821.

What remains a mystery to anybody who is not French is: Why is
Napoleon so revered by the French People?

*****
Where this idea comes from ? Do you realy believe it ?
It seems you have an Anglo Saxon culture : You believe what it is told to
you.
A French use to think in a different way : They don't believe what it is
told to them.

Let suppose it is false, let suppose the French DON'T revered Napoleon.
Why ? Because they believe Napoleon betrayed the French Revolution.Because
one million of French were killed during the Napoleonic War. etc etc ....
You see, opposit to what the Anglo Saxon use to say, the French don't
revered Napoleon.

===================
True, he rose from humble
origins to become a great emperor. His troops revered him and followed
him, even to their deaths. Yet, his campaigns were disastrous, most
notably his 1812 campaign into Moscow where he discovered, after
conquering the country, that his troops had no food to eat, the crops
having been burned.

Most of his troops died in the retreat from Moscow. Why then did fresh
troops join him? Why is the tomb of Napoleon a great monument in Paris
today? Why did his successors rule France and neighboring countries
thereafter, including Napoleon III or Louis Napoleon? We in the West
cannot figure this out.

Another question is: Why did his troops follow him, knowing the
likelihood that they would die in battle? After the end of his
campaigns in 1812, his troops were largely German, not French, the
French troops having already died. It is so easy to understand that
his troops followed him because they thought he was the best general?

But why fight at all? It is widely assumed that the reason that men go
off to war, to fight and die in battle, it to get the women on the
other side. The women of the enemy are the prizes to be won at war.
Or, perhaps, it is a latent homosexual desire, the desire to be with
one's “buddies”.

This biography by Emil Ludwig (1881-1948) is at its best when dealing
with the personality and the character of Napoleon. He brings Napoleon
to life. No other writer has done that so well and it is for this
reason that this biography is the most famous. On the other hand,
there is a bit too much of “Hero Worshiping” in this biography.

Emil Ludwig was born Emil Cohn in Breslau on 25 January 1881. Ludwig
was apparently a pen name. His work on Napoleon was a best seller and
made him famous.

It secured his livelihood as a professional writer. He wrote many
other books. Among others, he wrote biographies on Goethe, Bismarck,
Lincoln, Hindenburg, Beethoven, Jesus, Cleopatra, Mussolini and
Roosevelt, but he never hit another home run like he did with his book
on Napoleon.

He wrote his books in German but, due to the success of his book on
Napoleon, they were translated almost immediately into English.

Perhaps his most noteworthy work, aside of his book on Napoleon, was
his interview of Joseph Stalin in Moscow on December 13, 1931. One can
see from this interview on the one hand how Stalin was a capable
administrator and on the other hand how his actions led to the deaths
of millions. One can also see in this interview the seeds of the deal
to divide Poland and the makings of World War II.

In 1940, Ludwig moved to America, where he was able to live off the
royalties to his works. After the war, he returned to Europe as a
journalist and died there in Ascona, Switzerland on 17 September 1948.

The biography is divided into five books One, "The Island" (birth to
marriage); Two, "The Torrent" (Army of Italy to First Counsel); Three,
"The River" (Marengo to birth of Napoleon II); Four, "The Sea" (Russia
to Waterloo); and Five, "The Rock" (St. Helena). Each book begins with
a quote from Goethe.

Regarding his tendency towards Hero Worship, The Times review of this
book said that some “may be astonished at the warmth of his
enthusiasm; may feel, not that he is uncritical, for he is critic
before all, but that he sometimes appears determined to contemplate
only the fairest side of the medal. Yet it cannot be said that he ever
bestows admiration without cause.” Ludwig's admiration for Napoleon is
“mainly intellectual, though morally he is prepared to go farther in
his support than many critics.” Discussing the appeal of Napoleon, The
Times said it is the “universal genius of Napoleon which has focused
upon him the attention of so many thousands.”

Another question is: Why would a German write with such praise for
Napoleon, when Germany suffered so much because of him?

Ludwig became a Swiss citizen in 1932 and at the time of his death in
1948 had several biographies in progress including Alexander, Karl
William von Humboldt and King David. Ludwig probably spread himself
too thin, but his Napoleon continues to have an impact today.

Sam Sloan
November 23, 2009

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...SBN=4871878503
http://www.amazon.com/dp/4871878500


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