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Ambition and Desire

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Ambition and Desire by Kate Williams
Nov 04, 2014 | ISBN 9780345522856

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“Not just a scholarly work, but a page-turner . . . [Kate] Williams is no stranger to creating works on strong and influential women, and, as in those works, here she does an admirable job of demystifying Josephine. Ultimately, the author provides the reader with a sympathetic portrayal, yet she doesn’t shy away from some of Josephine’s flaws. . . . This engrossing and accessible account is for all readers who enjoy historical biography.”Library Journal
“[A] riveting account . . . Williams perfectly illustrates all that was bizarre and maddening about French life during the reign of Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte.”Publishers Weekly
“As Williams ably shows, beneath the lust for power and prominence [Josephine and Napoleon] shared, a remarkably durable passion bound them together to the end. An intelligent and entertaining biography of ‘the Empress whom France never forgot.’”Kirkus Reviews
“Williams, author of Becoming Queen Victoria and England’s Mistress, plucks another fascinating female dynamo from the annals of history, vividly detailing the life of Josephine Bonaparte. . . . An in-depth portrait of the substantive woman behind the throne.”Booklist

“Reading [Ambition and Desire] is like watching Silk Stockings, the 1957 Hollywood masterpiece with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. The book flows and jumps, taking the reader by the hand through tormented times in French history without ever letting you go or losing itself in the intricacies of French politics.”—The Times
“A sparkling account of this most fallible and endearing of women.”Daily Mail
“A whirlwind tour of French history.”—The Telegraph

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