Books interview with Michael Broers: “You don’t have to make up myths about Napoleon’s youth – just look at his letters to see evidence that he was a great leader”

Michael Broers talks to Matt Elton about the first part of his new biography of Napoleon, which covers the years from 1769 to 1805 and draws upon a newly published set of his correspondence

A portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte, c1796. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the March 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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