NAPOLEON AND THE ART OF DIPLOMACY: How War and Hubris Determined the Rise and Fall of the French Empire by William Nester is not about Napoleon’s diplomacy as art, but more as brute force.
Nester traces Napoleon’s rise to power as a successful general in the mid 1790s to the master of Europe in 1812 and how it all came crashing down in 1814. Throughout this time, Nester contends that Napoleon wove a web of alliances through treaties and setting relatives on the thrones of various countries. Many of the alliances were negotiated at the point of a bayonet after Napoleon vanquished the other country. For example, he coerced some German principalities and others jumped on board on their own when Napoleon dismantled the Holy Roman Empire.