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Evaluating Napoleon's Political Skills

Cover of 'Napoleon, A Political Life'
Cover of 'Napoleon, A Political Life'

Historian Steven Englund's new book is called Napoleon, A Political Life.

He tells NPR's Scott Simon that he wanted to take a look at Napoleon the conquering emperor from a slightly different angle: his political powers.

Englund's view: The diminutive leader was more like a poker play than a chess player.

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