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Last volume came out of a biography on Napoléon
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Author:  David Guegan [ Fri Sep 09, 2022 1:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Last volume came out of a biography on Napoléon

I know... So many biographies have been done on Napoleon.

But I can assure you this one is very good as it uses as one of the sources the French edition in 15 volumes of Napoleon correspondence that was edited by the Napoleon Foundation between 2000 and 2015. That edition is the most complete. Anyway, Michael Broers wrote a few books on the napoleonic period, and I have to say that his biography of Napoleon in 3 volumes is excellent.
Volume 1 Napoleon, Soldier of Destiny
Volume 2 Napoleon, The Spirit of the Age
Volume 3 Napoleon, The Decline and Fall of an Empire: 1811-1821

The third volume came out a few days ago and I am enjoying it very much.

Author:  James Holloway [ Thu Jan 12, 2023 8:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Last volume came out of a biography on Napoléon

Agree. I finished the third volume a few weeks ago. Excellent piece of work, very well written. (One slight error, he referred to Bagration as an ethnic Russian, which he wasn’t.). All in all I think a very fair biography. I’m planning to work through Dwyer’s three volumes this summer. Also available is a bio (the first of a multi part one) by a French historian named Patrice Gueffney that I plan to tackle at some point.

Author:  Sergio Porres [ Thu Jan 12, 2023 10:15 pm ]
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Thank you for sharing. Looks appealing!

Author:  David Guegan [ Sun Jan 15, 2023 2:48 pm ]
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I did a review on Amazon about the final book.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/customer-re ... 1639361774

James Holloway wrote:
(One slight error, he referred to Bagration as an ethnic Russian, which he wasn’t.).


True, he was Georgian.


By the way I just finished another beautiful work on Napoleonic wars: The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History by Alexander Mikaberidze. It's really excellent...

My only problem with those very well researched books is that they have a lot of notes at the end of the book, which are harder to follow if you try not to break the reading rhythm. I much prefer notes at the bottom of the pages. It's easier. I wish they well all doing that.

Author:  James Holloway [ Sun Jan 15, 2023 3:29 pm ]
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Yes - the Mikaberidze book is incredible (as are his volumes on Borodino and Berezina), and I also highly recommend his three volumes on Russian eyewitness accounts of the 1807 (Eylau/Friedland, which are the Napoleonic battles that most interest me), 1812 and 1814 campaigns. I've come away from them awestruck at the toughness and resilience of the Russian infantry and cavalry. Mikaberidze teaches at LSU-Shreveport, not far from me, and is a very nice guy - he's answered a couple of questions I sent him by email. In my personal opinion, if you only read two books about the period, they should be his book and Chandler's "Campaigns."

Author:  John Corbin [ Wed Feb 01, 2023 8:17 pm ]
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every time I come in here, my credit card gets scared :frenchvive1:

will check this out

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