Documentary about the rise and fall of one of the greatest military geniuses of modern times from his Corsican childhood to final exile in St. Helena.
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David McCullough ...  Narrator 4 episodes, 2000
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Born in 1769 to a poor but aristocratic Corsican patriot family, 6 year old Napolon Bonaparte is enrolled in a French academy, where his military career begins. His capabilities are amply demonstrated with a series of dazzling victories in Revolutionary France's Italian campaign. He becomes obsessed with and marries Josephine, a widow, and begins a meteoric rise to power. He gradually compromises his egalitarian ideals and crowns himself emperor in 1804. After he establishes himself as master of Europe with victories in battles like Austerlitz and diplomatic alliances, he embarks on a series of decisions that mark his decline and fall: an ill-advised occupation of Spain, his divorce of Josephine and marriage into the Hapsburg family, and his disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812. After a failed attempt to return to power culminating in final defeat at Waterloo in 1815, he spends his remaining years defining his legacy with his memoirs. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Excellent
16 August 2014 | by erstancoSee all my reviews

In addition to the above minor criticism regarding repeating the myth about Napoleon's height, the producers took somewhat of an Anglophile view of L'Emperor, omitting a significant discussion of the extraordinary civil reforms and enlightened social changes he brought not only to France but also to many of the lands he conquered. On a more personal note, I wish there had been more and longer interviews with Dr. Donald Horward, founder of the Institute at Florida State University. I had the pleasure of having him as a professor at FSU 35 years ago, and he is one of those fantastic teachers that you can never forget. He was not only an incredibly dedicated and generous teacher, but he has a gift for story-telling by which to impart his great knowledge of history even to a bunch of cynical, otherwise disinterested B-school majors.


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