A new book by the author of the immensely successful The Medici. The extraordinary story of Napoleon's 18-month Egyptian adventure and his dream of world power.
Paul Strathern studied philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin. He has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. He is a Somerset Maugham prize-winning novelist; the author of two series of books - Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea- Scientists who Changed the World; The Medici- Godfathers of the Renaissance; and, most recently, has written Mendeleyev's Dream (shortlisted for the Aventis Science Book Prize) and Dr. Strangelove's Game- A History of Economic Genius.
Paul Strathern's enthralling description of this bizarre imperial
adventure reads like Conrad's Heart of Darkness...as a piece
of storytelling, it is a masterpiece * Daily Telegraph *
To begin with, the book leaps off the shelf-display into the hands: the dustjacket is a remarkably fine reproduction of a painting of Napoleon...This is an illuminating and most engaging book * Spectator *
Superb... Strathern tells the appalling tale of the forced marches across endless deserts...with commendable gusto -- Andrew Roberts * Sunday Telegraph *
An ambitious and wonderfully detailed saga * Financial Times *
This is popular narrative history at its best * Independent on Sunday *