Desmond Seward Napoleon and Hitler

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Napoleon and Hitler

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9780670814800: Napoleon and Hitler

A comparison and contrast between two infamous dictators considers their origin, the obsession they shared with being accepted, and their common dream of conquering Europe--by whatever means were necessary

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The many similarities between Napoleon and Hitler, as charted in Seward's comparative biography, are striking indeed. The Emperor, an upstart Corsican street urchin, and the Fuhrer, a rootless Austrian petit bourgeois and failed artist, were both outsiders and self-made foreigners in their adopted countries. Each was a colossal opportunist, a megalomaniac, a loner who despised the rest of humanity. They both loathed intellectuals and silenced them by means of censorship and secret police; both tyrants overextended their troops and ultimately destroyed themselves by invading Russia. Seward, whose books include Henry V and Napoleon's Family , presents an edifying, unconventional dual portrait, the sort of book that will rattle academic historians. One may take exception to his view that Napoleon's dictatorial quest for power was motivated simply by self-aggrandizement, and many may find some of his comments on Hitler insensitive or obtuse. Yet the psychological parallels he draws are uncanny and well worth pondering. Photos.
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From Library Journal:

The crucial shortcoming of this work is conceptual. Seward equates comparison with juxtaposition. He does little more than present in the same chapter what he considers to be similar periods of Napoleon's and Hitler's careers. The evidence in this narrative format overwhelmingly establishes the differences, rather than the similarities, between his subjects. Napoleon emerged from victory: the triumphs of the French Revolution. Hitler was a product of defeat: Germany's loss of World War I. One man was among history's great captains. The other was at best an amateur. The dichotomies mount with every page, and Seward's efforts to establish the writings of Clausewitz as an integrating factor are unconvincing. This work will irritate specialists, while misleading general readers. Not recommended.
- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
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