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History Book Group- Napoleon

Join the Decorah Public Library History Book Group to discuss Andrew Roberts’ 2015 award-winning bestseller “Napoleon: A Life” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 12 on the 2nd floor of the library. Books are available for checkout at the front desk. The group is open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. There will be no meeting in December.


Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times.


Roberts’ “Napoleon” is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s 33,000 letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation.


At last we see him as he was: multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century.


An award-winning historian, Andrew Roberts traveled to 53 of Napoleon’s 60 battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena.


Call the library at 382-3717 for more information.