1st ed., 1979. 232 pp., 9 cold., plates +65 ills., + 25 maps. D.j., 25 x 19cm. Repairs to d.j., o/w V.G. The author traces Napoleon's ascent to power in the three years preceding the climax to his career when in 1807 he became supreme ruler of Europe and the West of Russia. He looks at the success of the 'peace machine', the formation of the impressive Grande Armee and the abortive plan to invade England. The author examines in detail the strategic success of the Ulm-Austerlitz campaign in 1805- 'the first great battle of modern history' ' in which Napoleon decisively defeated the Austro-Russian army. He goes on to cover the ensuing double victory of Jena-Auerstadt in 1806 and the defeat of the Prussians, and the Battle of Eylau in 1807. More than just a military history, this book also describes the background of contemporary social life in France, England and other combatant nations. Well illustrated.