Adam Zamoyski

  • Napoléon, l'homme derrière le mythe

    Adam Zamoyski

    • Piranha
    • 18 Mars 2022

    Depuis deux siècles, la personnalité et le parcours de Napoléon suscitent des débats passionnés aux positions tranchées. Génie quasi divin selon les uns, personnage romantique selon les autres, monstre malfaisant et mégalomaniaque pour certains ou encore «simple » petit dictateur détestable pour quelques-uns...
    Et si il n'était aucun de ces personnages ? Et si ce n'était qu'« un homme » et même, comme Adam Zamoyski le décrit dans cette remarquable biographie, qu'un homme plutôt ordinaire ?
    L'auteur s'emploie ici à faire sauter le vernis des préjugés, à pulvériser les mythes tenus pour vrai et à réfuter les hypothèses tenaces pour révéler au lecteur un Napoléon plus humain, plus facile à comprendre et, du coup, beaucoup plus intéressant. Il replace sa vie dans le contexte historique montrant comment, dans les années 1790, ce jeune provincial fut littéralement projeté sur la scène politique alors profondément marquée par la Révolution et un monde en guerre. Son manque de confiance en lui transforma son instinct de survie en une quête perpétuelle de reconnaissance à travers la conquête de toujours plus de pouvoir... ce qui le conduisit à la défaite finale de 1815.

  • L'invasion de la Russie par Napoléon et la terrible retraite depuis Moscou en fl ammes furent une épopée militaire et une tragédie humaine d'envergure : le premier exemple historique de la guerre totale. 1812 est le récit magistral de ce tournant décisif de l'histoire, moment fondateur de l'Europe moderne. Il retrace le destin poignant des dizaines de milliers de soldats venus de toute l'Europe. En puisant dans une abondante documentation de témoignages contemporains, Adam Zamoyski réussit à reconstituer d'une main de maître une fresque brillante et poignante. Le résultat est une oeuvre exceptionnelle : un livre d'histoire remarquable, qui fera référence pendant longtemps.
    Volume illustré, nombreuses cartes.

  • NAPOLEON - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH

    Adam Zamoyski

    • William collins
    • 5 Septembre 2019

    '' Napoleon is an out-and-out masterpiece and a joy to read'' Sir Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad A landmark new biography that presents the man behind the many myths. The first writer in English to go back to the original European sources, Adam Zamoyski''s portrait of Napoleon is historical biography at its finest. Napoleon inspires passionately held and often conflicting visions. Was he a god-like genius, Romantic avatar, megalomaniac monster, compulsive warmonger or just a nasty little dictator? While he displayed elements of these traits at certain times, Napoleon was none of these things. He was a man and, as Adam Zamoyski presents him in this landmark biography, a rather ordinary one at that. He exhibited some extraordinary qualities during some phases of his life but it is hard to credit genius to a general who presided over the worst (and self-inflicted) disaster in military history and who single-handedly destroyed the great enterprise he and others had toiled so hard to construct. A brilliant tactician, he was no strategist. But nor was Napoleon an evil monster. He could be selfish and violent but there is no evidence of him wishing to inflict suffering gratuitously. His motives were mostly praiseworthy and his ambition no greater than that of contemporaries such as Alexander I of Russia, Wellington, Nelson and many more. What made his ambition exceptional was the scope it was accorded by circumstance. Adam Zamoyski strips away the lacquer of prejudice and places Napoleon the man within the context of his times. In the 1790s, a young Napoleon entered a world at war, a bitter struggle for supremacy and survival with leaders motivated by a quest for power and by self-interest. He did not start this war but it dominated his life and continued, with one brief interruption, until his final defeat in 1815. Based on primary sources in many European languages, and beautifully illustrated with portraits done only from life, this magnificent book examines how Napoleone Buonaparte, the boy from Corsica, became ''Napoleon''; how he achieved what he did, and how it came about that he undid it. It does not justify or condemn but seeks instead to understand Napoleon''s extraordinary trajectory.

  • Anglais 1812 napoleon's fatal march on moscow

    Adam Zamoyski

    • Harper perennial uk
    • 15 Avril 2005

    The "Sunday Times" account of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and eventual retreat from Moscow; events that had a profound effect on the subsequent course of Russian and European history.

  • Following on from his epic and bestselling '1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow' Adam Zamoyski has written the dramatic story of the Congress of Vienna [1813-15], which was to bring about the political reshaping of Europe and whose legacy affected international relations for a century.

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