Books interview with Adam Zamoyski: “Napoleon was motivated by profound insecurity”

Adam Zamoyski tells Ellie Cawthorne about his new biography, which dismantles two centuries of propaganda to reveal Napoleon not as a hero or villain, but a flawed, difficult man

Adam Zamoyski, photographed in London. "We're brought up on a whole ant-heap of myths about Napoleon. The apocryphal stories that swirl around him are legion," he says. (Photography by Frank Monks for BBC History Magazine)

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