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C-Span: The 'Dark Side' of Bro. Napoleon Bonaparte That Books Try to Suppress (1997)


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Alan Morris Cedric Strauss-Schom (born 9 May 1937 in Sterling, Illinois), known as Alan Schom and legally Alan Strauss-Schom is an American historian and biographer. Specialising in French History, his work on Napoleon saw him receive Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominations.

Schom has been highly critical of Napoleon. His 1997 900 page biography, Napoleon Bonaparte: A Life, was the first complete revision of Bonaparte's life and career. This the result of an intensive ten-year period of research in the French archives, reveals Napoleon's destructive personality to friends and subjected country, his love of conquest, subjugation and power. He literally held every country in Western and central Europe captive, ensured by the presence of French bayonets, their taxes going to Paris. Napoleon's attempt to exclude England from Europe resulted in the destruction of that continent's commerce and economy, resulting in great hardship. A paranoid egotist, everything he did was for himself. His wars resulted in the deaths of one million Frenchmen—excluding those his enemies. Many tens of thousands of women and girls were raped by his troops as they marched through Europe over a period of 15 years. Napoleon was in the final analysis, a terrorist, the worst in European history until the arrival of Hitler and Stalin. He did bring order to France, including new law codes. (He introduced the concept followed to this day, that anyone accused by the police was and is automatically guilty. If is for the accused to prove his innocence. The work saw Schom accused in some quarters of failing to present an objective view of Napoleon's career, whereas Schom footnotes every source from which his facts are taken, and also provides a 500-book bibliography. This is a calm, thorough study, highly praised by academic and general reviewers, and won second place in the Los Angeles Times Annual National Book award (1997) in the field of biography. Schom's history of the first two years of World War II, The Eagle and the Rising Sun: The Japanese-American War, 1941-1943: Pearl Harbor through Guadalcanal has received the highest acclaim from senior military officers, including former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Henry Leach (Flakland's War).

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Napoleon Bonaparte (born Napoleone Buonaparte; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821), and later known by his regnal name Napoleon I, was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars. He was the de facto leader of the French Republic as First Consul from 1799 to 1804. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814 and again in 1815. Napoleon's political and cultural legacy has endured, and he has been one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in world history.

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