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Napoleon and Hitler

By Desmond Seward

Acclaimed historian Desmond Seward presents a fascinating exploration of the lives and temperaments of these two tyrants.

He shows in an entirely new way how history can repeat itself, as he offers surprising insights into the two flagrant dictators who shaped the destiny of modern Europe.

Both were obscure outsiders, struggling for social acceptance, who ultimately achieved military domination over Europe. Both destroyed themselves by invading Russia in the frozen depth of winter. Aloof and contemptuous of human life, neither would acknowledge the folly of their all-consuming megalomania.

Napoleon and Hitler examines the parallels in their lives and careers and pinpoints a crucial link between them – a classic analysis of Napoleonic strategy written by a contemporary Prussian admirer, which Hitler read and implemented a hundred years later.

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