This is the best and most balanced biography of Napoleon I have read so far. It contains much excellent scholarship and critical commentary; however, it also contains a lot of amateur Freudian analysis that is pure rubbish. While I am neither a warmonger nor an imperialist, I find it hard to read a biography of Napoleon without rooting for him. For all his faults–and this book discusses them in detail–he remains the outstanding military leader of the gunpowder age.
Feb 20 2012
Napoleon by Frank McLynn
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