Mrs. Debra Hays
HIS 120- 8:00 MWF
December 1, 2008
De Luca, Anthony R. Personality, power, and politics: observations on the historical
significance of Napoleon, Bismark, Lenin, and Hitler.
Cambridge, Mass.: Schenkman Pub. Co. ,
c1983; (133 pages).
Anthony R. De Luca is Professor of History at Emerson College; he is also a modern
history writer. He had wrote many books about the modern history and politics. Such as,
Politics, Diplomacy, and the Media : Gorbachev's Legacy in the West
; Great Power Rivalry at
the Turkish Straits : The Montreux Conference and Convention
. The books called
politics was published in 1983, which wrote about the four greatest leader of modern
European history. Recently, he wrote the book called
Gandhi, Mao, Mandela, and Gorbachev :
Studies in Personality, Power, and Politics
The book does not simply tell the history, but to help
audiences answer many political questions by studying about four individuals whose ideologies
still have a great impact in our society of all time.
The author presents four individuals one by one, along the time line. He first starts with
Napoleon and the French Revolution. He spends few pages to describe the history context at
that time, which is the struggle of the Third Estate and National Assembly with First and Second
Estate. Then Napoleon appeared as a star to solve all the France problems at the time.
Napoleon was born in an educated family; he always tried hard to achieve his goal as his
perform was excellent in school and college. Two interesting about the early time of Napoleon
were his Corsican background, like the author said:”followed him wherever he went.” (page 7)