The Invisible Emperor: Napoleon on Elba From Exile to Escape
Penguin Press, 2018
UK/Aus/NZ: Profile Books, Netherlands: Balans Books, Czech Republic: Beta
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In the spring of 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated. Having overseen an empire spanning half the European continent and governed the lives of some 80 million people, he found himself exiled to less than a hundred square miles of territory. Part forensic investigation, part dramatic jailbreak adventure, INVISIBLE EMPEROR traces a narrative history of Napoleon’s ten-month exile on the Mediterranean island of Elba. This is a story that asks us to think carefully about how quickly ideas, no matter how preposterous, quixotic and grandiose, can leap from the imagination into reality.