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The extraordinary story of Napoleon's eighteen 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; author of two series of books - Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea- Scientists who Changed the World; Mendeleyev's Dream (shortlisted for the Aventis Science Book Prize); Dr. Strangelove's Game- A History of Economic Genius and The Medici- Godfathers of the Renaissance.
"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 *