This book paints a portrait of Bonaparte that is somewhat different than the popular view of him in the US. The author shows Bonaparte as an ambitious demagogic politician first and foremost and secondly as a military leader. The author demonstrates that Bonaparte had to keep moving because his military positions were often unsound: he could only stave of collapse by fresh takeovers, stripping the assets of those he conquered. He relied on quick and showy victories, protracted fighting would have been ruinous. Napoleon Bonaparte and his imperial regime are seen as presaging much that is politically and socially characteristic of our own time. The author also regards Bonaparte as the first master of public relations: a manipulator of opinion and a creator of glorious myths. Above all, Corelli Barnett views Bonaparte's regime as a prototype of modern tyrannies, whether Fascist or Communist – destroying liberty in the name of liberty and claiming to fulfill the "will of the people" while justifying the extinction of all dissent and opposition. This book is in good condition: very minor wear to the dustcover and name on the inside cover. Book is cut somewhat uneven, otherwise there are no odors or other defects.