|Within the reign of Napoleon still in the living memory of some, American author J. T. Headley took on the daunting task of rehabilitating the names and deeds of the emperor’s righthand men, virtuoso military strategists and men of dauntless action eclipsed only by the brilliance of their leader.
Gathered from essays that appeared in magazines in 1846, this striking two-volume work—notable in itself for being the first books published by the now legendary Scribner and Co.—offers an extraordinary and unparalleled look at Napoleon’s most trusted generals.
Volume II introduces us to:
• Marshal Murat, Grand Duke of Berg and Cleves, Prince of Naples, upon whom the emperor lavished honors (not for the least reason that he was also Bonaparte’s favorite brother-in-law)
• Marshal Brune, whose independence and daring earned Napoleon’s censure
• Marshal Bernadotte, Prince of Ponte Corvo, Crown Prince (later King) of Sweden, with whom Napoleon had a contentious relationship
• as well as Lefebvre, Massena, Victor, Oudinot, Bessieres, Jourdan, Suchet, Poniatowski, Grouchy, and Ney.
OF INTEREST TO: military historians, readers of biographies, students of the Napoleonic Wars