The Shadow Emperor: A Biography of Napoleon III

The Shadow Emperor: A Biography of Napoleon III

A breakout biography of Louis-Napoleon III, whose controversial achievements have polarized historians. Considered one of the pre-eminent Napoleon Bonaparte experts, Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Alan Strauss-Schom has turned his sights on another in that dynasty, Napoleon III (Louis-Napoleon) overshadowed for too long by his more romanticized forebear. In the first ful A breakout biography of Louis-Napoleon III, whose controversial achievements have polarized historians. Consid...

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Title:The Shadow Emperor: A Biography of Napoleon III
Author:Alan Strauss-Schom
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Shadow Emperor: A Biography of Napoleon III
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:592 pages pages

The Shadow Emperor: A Biography of Napoleon III Reviews

  • Darren
    Oct 30, 2018
    I've been on a French obsession and was looking forward to figuring out how Napoleon III fit into the big picture. A very interesting history I would have to say. I had no idea how consequential he was and all the major events in world history he was involved in. I feel much more educa...
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    Sep 07, 2018
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    Dec 21, 2018
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    Aug 03, 2018
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  • Erin
    Aug 20, 2018
    Oof. This book was quite the long read. I really didn't know much about Napoleon III before this book other than that he was responsible for modernizing Paris. There were a lot of points in the book where I went in search of additional information because the story was so fascinating. ...
  • Johan
    Dec 07, 2018
    Nothing new here if you're already familiar with the 'Sphinx of the Tuileries.' However, if you're new to the subject,this is a very good starting point. ...
  • Paige Bowers
    Jul 09, 2018
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  • Kate
    Feb 07, 2019
    Usually when I don't rate a book highly, it is in some way attributable to the author. Though I thought the author was a little drab, the real problem in this book is that I couldn't stand Napoleon III. So any critique of the book is overwhelmed by my dislike of a fatuous man who had n...
  • Todd
    Sep 24, 2018
    This was a dream come true. I have been talking for years about wanting an English language biography about Napoleon III, even considering writing it myself. He's the most fascinating and significant 19th century head of state you've never heard of. Me too, quite frankly. I was learnin...
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    Dec 11, 2018
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  • Amy
    Jun 26, 2018
    The Shadow Emperor: A Biography of Napoleon III is an interesting and fascinating read. I give it 4 stars. ...
  • G W Kennedy
    Aug 01, 2018
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  • Christopher Pierce
    Jul 23, 2018
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  • Lindsey
    Aug 06, 2018
    This provided quite a lot of information on an otherwise obscured portion of French and European history-the Second Empire and Napoleon III. Louis Napoleon and his Empress Eugenie oversaw the recreation of a modern Paris, the creation of the Suez Canal, the expansion of the French educ...
  • Piotr Grebski
    Jan 06, 2019
    Thank you for this book - maybe something was missing. But this is very important book to understand what happen later. ...
  • Alfonso Gomez
    Jan 27, 2019
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  • Patrick Elsey
    Jul 09, 2018
    The author is more interested in other subjects within the book the the biography titled subject. It?s also too old fashioned a bio with no general historiography of the time period to create context. ...
  • Ian
    Jun 06, 2018
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  • William Harris
    Dec 06, 2018
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  • Liz Schomber
    Jun 19, 2018
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  • Mitchell Kaufman
    Aug 22, 2018
    Interesting read on the life of an oft-forgotten Bonaparte, Emperor Napoleon III of France. ...
  • Bryonny
    Aug 18, 2018
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  • Mauricio Santoro
    Dec 23, 2018
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  • Rob Schmults
    Oct 12, 2018
    Did anyone edit this book? Many chapters feel like the author parked his notes and barely worked on them from there. The resulting text is often confusing , repetitive, and disjointed. The flow is a mess: for example people go within the space of a paragraph from being indispensable to...
  • Umair Muhajir
    Aug 11, 2018
    Schom's book should be interesting, and at the outset, he sets out his intention to redeem (from a historical memory that has regarded him as little more than a bumbler with the good fortune to inherit the Bonaparte legacy) the man who, more than anyone else, made modern France. Unfort...
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    Jul 23, 2018
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  • Skip Worrell
    Aug 06, 2018
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  • Brian Bridgeforth
    Jun 02, 2018
    I have been waiting for a new book about Louis Napoleon to come out for a few years now and was pleased when I learned this book was to be published. It was worth the wait. Schom's style is clear and he takes time to explain the events surrounding Napoleon III in a manner that is easy ...
  • Brian Lindsey
    Jul 04, 2018
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  • Angel
    Oct 29, 2018
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