The International Napoleonic Society promotes a positive memory of Napoleon, which we believe will naturally emerge from good academic research.  To this end, we encourage the publication of works in favor of the Emperor, but oppose any form of censorship except in the case of obviously extreme publications.  We are pleased, therefore, to promote the books of our Fellows, even if we do not agree with everything contained in them. Our only expectation is that they reflect the high level of scholarship that we encourage and support.



International Napoleonic Society
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Books, 1995-2015







Napoleon's Purgatory: The Unseen Humanity of the "Corsican Ogre" in Fatal Exile

by Thomas M. Barden (Author), J. David Markham (Introduction)

Napoleon’s Purgatory is a work portraying the human side of Napoleon as revealed by those who shared his exile on the island of St. Helena. Through the diaries and journals of the Emperor’s servants, generals, and companions come the stories of Napoleon’s tender love for children, his captivating sense of humor, his eternal love for Josephine, and his agonizing death. Napoleon Bonaparte was sent by the British to the remote island of St. Helena where he could not escape.  What followed were six excruciating years of loneliness and depression, mixed with frolicking play with the island’s children, a battle of wills with his British captor, an exploration of his lapsed Catholic faith, and the complex relationship with the members of his entourage. This time in exile was akin to time served in Purgatory for Napoleon. His humanity, suffering, joy in the laughter of children, and longing for Josephine are captured vividly in this work through the detailed use of primary sources written by those who were there.  While many considered Napoleon Bonaparte the “Corsican Ogre” for the wars he waged across Europe, he was anything but during his exile on St. Helena.

THOMAS M. BARDEN is a historian and Napoleonic scholar who has spent the last 20 years researching and lecturing on the exile of the great French general and emperor to the island of St. Helena. He is a fellow of the International Napoleonic Society and teaches history at the high school and university levels in upstate New York. Mr. Barden and his wife reside in the Finger Lakes region of the state with their two children.

  • Hardcover: 334 pages ($ 55.00)
  • Publisher: Vernon Press (February 16, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1622731662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622731664

History's most famous battle told through eyewitness accounts, newspaper reports, parliamentary debate, memoirs and diaries.

By John Grehan

For more than twenty years Europe had been torn apart by war. Dynasties had crumbled, new states had been created and a generation had lost its young men. When it seemed that peace might at last settle across Europe, terrible news was received – Napoleon had escaped from exile and was marching upon Paris. Europe braced itself once again for war. The allied nations agreed to combine against Napoleon and in May 1815 they began to mass on France's frontiers. The scene was set for the greatest battle the world had yet seen.??Composed of more than 300 eyewitness accounts, official documents, parliamentary debates and newspaper reports, Voices from the Past tells the story of Napoleon's last battles as they were experienced and reported by the men and women involved. ??Heroic cavalry charges, devastating artillery bombardments, terrible injuries, heart-breaking encounters, and amusing anecdotes, written by aristocratic officers and humble privates alike, fill the pages of this ambitious publication. Many of these reports have not been reproduced for almost 200 years.

JOHN GREHAN has written or edited more than 300 books and magazine articles covering a wide span of military history from the Iron Age to the present war in Afghanistan. His previous publications include The Lines of Torres Vedras: The Cornerstone of Wellington's Strategy in the Peninsular War 1809-12, The Battle of Barossa, and Britain's German Allies of the Napoleonic Wars. John has also appeared on local and national radio and television to advise on military history topics. He was the Assistant Editor of Britain at War Magazine from its inception until 2014. John now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

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  • Publisher: Frontline Books (May 30, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00WQ4QXN6



By Peter Hore

While there is a perennial interest in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars and in Nelson himself, there is no reference work that chronicles the captains of his ships, their social origins, their characters and their lives beyond their service under Nelson.

Nelson's Band of Brothers is researched and written by distinguished historians, descendants of Nelson's officers, and members of the 1805 Club. This new volume includes concise biographies of one hundred officers who fought with Nelson in his three great battles. Of real significance are the specially commissioned photographs of all the monuments and memorials to Nelson's captains with descriptions, transcriptions of epitaphs, and directions to enable the readers to find them. Part travel book, part biography, and part testimony to Nelson's faithful officers, Nelson's Band of Brothers provides the opportunity to rediscover one hundred naval heroes.

Captitain Peter Hore, RN, now retired, is a former Head of Defence Studies for the Royal Navy. He is the author of numerous books, and is currently the associate editor of Warships: International Fleet Review. He is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Vice President of the Royal naval Museum. He recently edited Dreadnought to Daring.

  • Hardcover: $ 27.18
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (June 15, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 184832779X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848327795


By Alasdair White

'Napoleon's plan ... was to stop the two allied armies combining, defeat them separately, and force them to sue for peace.'
This is the story of the towering ambition of a man willing to impoverish his people in pursuit of personal glory. From the disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812 to his defeat on the battlefield of Waterloo three years later, Napoleon's fall has a certain inevitability about it. Writing in a clear, non-technical way, and making use of new research and insights from a variety of other academic disciplines, Alasdair White explores the events of 1815 and sets them in perspective, showing how close Napoleon came to an improbable victory despite his many failings.

Alasdair White is the author of Managing for Performance (1995), Continuous Quality Improvement (1996) and The Essential Guide to Developing Your Staff (1998) all published by Piatkus Books in London.

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  • Publisher: White & MacLean Publishing (January 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S8DHD9W




By Alasdair White

In 'Dancing in the time of war', Alasdair White looks at the social side of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and tells us why there were so many expatriates, notably British, in Brussels at the time, attending the numerous balls, dinners and picnics on offer to the social elite. The Duchess of Richmond’s Ball is famous the world over because this is where Wellington received confirmation that Napoleon and his army had entered the Province of Belgium.

Alaisdair White Educated at King Alfred's College (now the University of Winchester), Winchester, England, where he studied education and physical science, Alasdair White spent time teaching in Spain before becoming a business journalist and newspaper editor in the UK. He became a management consultant in 1984 and moved to The Netherlands in 1987 and then to Belgium in 1993. He is a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society.

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  • Publisher: White & MacLean Publishing (20 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0126PHS7O


By Willicam Dietrich

“What a novel my life has been!” Bonaparte exclaimed in exile. "Napoleon’s Rules: Life and Career Lessons from Bonaparte" is a history that mines the conqueror’s maxims to provide business, career, and life advice. His extraordinary success and failure provides fifteen comprehensively examined “rules” that readers can learn from. The book is deliberately concise, brisk, and provocative, drawing on the astonishing details of Bonaparte’s career to explain his victories and mistakes. Aimed at executives, entrepreneurs, military officers, students, or anyone who is ambitious and interested in learning from the meteoric arc of one of history’s greatest men.

William Dietrich is the NY Times bestselling author of twenty-one fiction and nonfiction books. His Ethan Gage series of Napoleonic thrillers have sold into thirty-one languages, and he has visited many of the places of significance in Napoleon's career. As a career journalist, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and also writes Pacific Northwest environmental history. He has won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association award and the Washington Governor Writer's Award.

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  • Publisher: Burrows Publishing (March 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990662152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990662150



Napoleonic Leadership, A Study in Power

By Stephanie Jones - Jonathan Gosling


‘Whether you are studying leadership, or doing leadership, this is a rollicking good read, and a fabulously rich book.’ - Ken Parry, Professor of Leadership Studies and co-Director of the Deakin Leadership Centre, Australia

He came to France an immigrant and left an exile – but, in a career spanning just 35 years, he became general, consul and emperor. 

How did Napoleon’s name come to be synonymous with brilliance, legend and glory despite displaying opportunistic and manipulative tendencies, and repeatedly deserting those that followed him?
200 years after his defeat, what lessons can we learn from his successes and his failures?

As the world marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this fascinating study on leadership and power tackles the questions that continue to intrigue and mystify.  As now, power was gained and held by political manipulation, patronage, fear, putsch, charisma, popular vote and the new idea of meritocracy. 

Through the inclusion of Reflections and Questions, Jones and Gosling also highlight some important lessons for current and future managers and leaders.

For additional information and narration on Napoleon

. Paperback ISBN: 9781446294437 £ 22.99
. Hardcover ISBN: 9781446294420 £ 65.00
. Ebook ISBN: 9781473927391


By Order Of Napoleon, The Taking of Malta

By Joe Scicluna

Napoleon Bonaparte issued thousands of dispatches directives and orders during the many campaigns of his military career. This e-book is a chronological compilation of his orders concerning the taking of Malta in 1798. They include orders to capture Gozo, Mdina and of course the city of Valletta. Napoleon's orders were very specific in terms of how the French were to treat the Knights, the Maltese, and the clergy. They included radical health and education reforms intended to align Malta's administration to the new revolutionary ideology of the French republic. He abolished nobility and slavery. He reorganized the clergy and redefined its sphere of influence. He also ordered the taking of the Order's silver and precious stones from St. John's Cathedral in Valletta. 

This book does not seek to judge, praise or criticize the French occupation of Malta, but to give the reader access to source documents and provide some perspective to those momentous events that changed the course of Malta's history. 
Joe Scicluna: I was born and raised on the island of Malta. Passionate about the culture, the heritage and the rich history of the Maltese islands, I also published translations, from French, of eyewitness accounts during the period of Napoleon's invasion and the subsequent occupation in 1798. I also published a historical novel set in the early 19th century during the first years of Malta's British rule.




In These Times: Living in Britain through napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815

By Jenny Uglow

"It is hard to think of anyone who has contributed as much to the literature of the past forty years in so many fields—as publisher, editor and writer—as Jenny Uglow." —Peter Stothard, Times Literary Supplement

Praise for The Pinecone

“[An] entrancing book . . . Always impeccable in her choice of the vivid anecdote and the memorable image with which to conjure life into the northern hillscape that she evidently loves so well, Uglow has produced a quiet masterpiece: a book to savour and treasure.” —Miranda Seymour, The Sunday Times (London)

Jenny Uglow’s books include prizewinning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell and William Hogarth. The Lunar Men (FSG, 2002) was described by Richard Holmes as “an extraordinarily gripping account,” while Nature’s Engraver won the National Arts Writers Award for 2007. A Gambling Man (FSG, 2009) was short-listed for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Uglow grew up in Cumbria and now lives in Canterbury, England.


  • Hardcover: 752 pages - 28.97$
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 27, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0374280908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374280901



Being a summary of facts concerning the latter days of Dr. Franois antomarchi
the last physician to his imperial majesty

Digital copy


Blucher: Scourge of Napoleon
By Michael V. Leggiere

“In this excellent biography, Michael V. Leggiere reveals Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher in all his various facets—his recklessness, his cunning, his abilities as a commander, his relationships with his own family as well as with the Prussian nobility and royal family—to provide fresh insight into Blücher’s tactical and strategic abilities. Drawing on archival documents from throughout Europe, as well as Blücher’s personal papers, Leggiere portrays a man dominated by his passion to defeat Napoleon and preserve his native Prussia—a commander who ultimately succeeded in doing both at Waterloo.”— Donald D. Horward, author of Napoleon and Iberia: The Twin Sieges of Cuidad Rodrigo and Almeida, 1810

"Michael Leggiere's Blücher is a remarkably thorough and balanced treatment of an enigmatic and important man. Striking the proper balance between scholarly military history, analysis of campaigns and actions, and traditional biography, it will appeal to both advanced students and general readers."—Sam A. Mustafa, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Winner of the 2014 INS Literary Award (1st)

Hardcover: 568 pages
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0806144092
ISBN-13: 978-0806144092


Wellington: The Path to Victory: 1769-1814
By Rory Muir

The Duke of Wellington was not just Britain’s greatest soldier, although his seismic struggles as leader of the Allied forces against Napoleon in the Peninsular War deservedly became the stuff of British national legend. Wellington was much more: a man of vision beyond purely military matters, a politically astute thinker, and a canny diplomat as well as lover, husband, and friend. Rory Muir’s masterful new biography, the first of a two-volume set, is the fruit of a lifetime’s research and discovery into Wellington and his times. The author brings Wellington into much sharper focus than ever before, addressing his masterstrokes and mistakes in equal measure.
Muir looks at all aspects of Wellington’s career, from his unpromising youth through his remarkable successes in India and his role as junior minister in charge of Ireland, to his controversial military campaigns. With dramatic descriptions of major battles and how they might have turned out differently, the author underscores the magnitude of Wellington’s achievements. The biography is the first to address the major significance of Wellington’s political connections and shrewdness, and to set his career within the wider history of British politics and the war against Napoleon. The volume also revises Wellington’s reputation for being cold and aloof, showing instead a man of far more complex and interesting character.

Winner of the 2014 INS Literary Award (2nd)

Paperback: 744 pages
New Haven: Yale University Press 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0300205481
ISBN-13: 978-0300205480



Napoleon a Life
By Andrew Roberts

I have read several of Robert's books, including Masters & Commanders, Waterloo, Napoleon & Wellington and, most recently, The Storm of War. In my view this is by far his best, and clearly establishes Robert's international reputation as the preeminent US/UK military historian. The scale and sweep of this book matches the subject itself, but the prose is written in an engaging, humorous and thoughtful manner. It can be easy to get lost in the Napleonic fog of dates, battles and political intrique, but the book never flags, enlivened as it is by the voice of the Great Man himself (not to mention some fairly dirty back and forth between Napoleon and Josephine in places). To date, Roberts has been better known in the UK than in US historic/literary circles, but I suspect that will change shortly. Don't take my word for it however, search out any number of book review in the UK press (where it came out first), the reviews have been spectacular. Truly a masterclass.
Scott Syfert

Winner of the 2014 INS Literary Award (2nd)

New York: Vicking 2014
ISBN-10: 0670025321
ISBN-13: 978-0670025329


The Memoirs of Roustam
Napoleon’s Mamluk Imperial Bodyguard

Edited with annotations & introduction by Ara Ghazarians
Translated by Catherine Carpenter

The Memoirs of Roustam is a piece unmatched in Napoleonic literature, and with such an exotic author, it is among the most fascinating in the life and legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Kidnapped in the Caucasus and sold in the slave markets of Constantinople, Roustam in his Memoirs traces his odyssey from Mamluk to becoming Napoleon’s imperial bodyguard, valet and procurer, from Egypt to the gates of Versailles and beyond. Unlike many with status and social standing in French society, Roustam entered Napoleon’s life without wealth, power or title, and became, over the years, his most trusted confidant.
Written by an individual alien to the cultural milieu of France and European civilization, the Memoirs provides a unique perspective on the life of Napoleon during his tenure (1799-1814). Privy to the most intimate details of his master’s life, Roustam’s Memoirs sheds light on the personal affairs of the most powerful political figure and military genius in modern European history. It highlights aspects of Napoleon’s relationships with his military commanders, inner circle, and political leaders.
A ubiquitous figure, Roustam accompanied Napoleon in all ceremonial occasions, including the signing of treaties, audiences with European kings and emperors as well as major Napoleonic campaigns, including Italy, Spain, Austerlitz, and Russia among many. He is said to have had influence and played a role in some of the most sensitive decisions made by Napoleon, in particular those pertaining the fate of his ethnic kin, the Armenians and their communities in Italy and Russia.
ARA GHAZARIANS has served as the editorial assistant and manager of the Armenian Review and Director for Resources and Archives of the Zoryan Institute. He has translated and edited several books, among them Heinrich Vierbücher’s Armenia 1915, Jakob Künzler’s In the Land of Blood and Tears, Platon P. Zubov’s The Astrologer of Karabagh, and Azerbaijan & Aran by the prominent Iranian scholar Enayatollah Reza.
CATHERINE CARPENTER has worked in academic libraries, including 28 years in Harvard University’s Widener Library system. She translates novels from French into English, especially those of Georges Simenon and Émile Zola, a direct outgrowth of her passion for the French language.

  • Publisher: First published October, 2014
  • 208 pages - $30/£25
  • ISBN : 9781908755223

Waterloo 1815.
Volume 1: Quatre Bras

By John Franklin


To commemorate the 2015 bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, one of the defining campaigns in European History, Osprey is replacing its single volume Campaign title covering the whole of the battle with three highly detailed volumes. Based on new research drawn from unpublished first-hand accounts these volumes will provide a comprehensive resource for every aspect of the battle. The first of this trilogy details the battle of Quatre Bras where an initial 8,000 Allied troops faced 48,000 men of the French Armee du Nord under Marshal Ney. Realising his error, Wellington concentrated his troops at the strategic crossroads of Quatre Bras where they just managed to hold off Ney's attacks. The battle ended in a tactical stalemate but, unable to link up with Blucher's Prussians, Wellington retreated back along the road to Brussels to new positions at Waterloo. Featuring extensive photographs, full colour artworks, maps and bird's-eye-views, this first instalment is not to be missed.

John Franklin is a professional military historian based in Switzerland who specializes in the Napoleonic period, and the Waterloo campaign in particular. A Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society (FINS), and a graduate of the University of Bern, he has been engaged in one of the most comprehensive investigations of the campaign ever undertaken, with the aim of providing a wealth of previously unpublished material on the various armies and contingents present during the dramatic climax to this important period of European history. He is the author of the acclaimed books of correspondence on the Hanoverian and Netherlands armies, and is currently acting as historical consultant for the BBC TV Production: 'Waterloo - The Soldiers' Stories'.

  • Publisher: Osprey, November 2014
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • ISBN 10: 1472803639
  • ISBN 13: 9781472803634

The Peninsular War Atlas

By Nick Lipscombe


This sensational, 384-page hardback book is handsomely presented in a slip-case. Overall this is an important and essential book for anyone interested in Napoleonic history. -- Toy Soldier & Model Figure '... a prodigious achievement ... I particularly admire the way [Lipscombe gives] such serious treatment to campaigns in which there was no British involvement, and to the relatively minor sieges whose details are usually so obscure. Overall, I do not believe that Lipscombe's effort will ever be surpassed.' -- Richard Holmes From Trevor James (Historical Association website and The Historian) A fascinating exercise in mapping. This is also a way to understand and value the emergence of the Duke of Wellington as a European military tactician. Clearly chronicled and explained. Extremely specialist piece of scholarship.

Colonel Nick Lipscombe was born in 1958 in Angers, France. He has a degree in business studies and an MSc in Defense Studies and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1980. During his 30 years in the British Army he has seen considerable operational service with the British and American armies, as well as with NATO and the UN. He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006.

A keen interest in military history followed his academic studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst concentrating on the Napoleonic era and the Peninsular War in particular. He is Chairman of Peninsular War 200, the UK's official organization for the commemoration of the bicentenary of the Peninsular War. He is the author of the acclaimed Wellington's Guns (Osprey, 2013). The author lives in Alicante, Spain.
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey, September, 2014
  • ISBN-10: 1472807731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472807731



Waterloo : The Decisive Victory

By Nick Lipscombe

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this lavishly illustrated volume looks at all different aspects of the campaign with ten major articles by a host of well-known international academic figures. From the microcosm of the bitter fighting for the fortified farmhouse of Hougoumont, to a wider perspective of the Hundred Days campaign in its entirety, this collection spans the whole range of the subject from the perspective of all the sides involved. Authoritative and accessible, Waterloo: The Decisive Battle offers a unique history of one of the most important battles in world history.

Colonel Nick Lipscombe was born in Angers, France. He has a degree in business studies and an MSc in defence studies. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1980. During his thirty years in the British Army he has seen considerable operational service with the British and American armies, as well as with NATO and the UN.He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006.

A keen interest in military history followed his academic studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst concentrating on the Napoleonic era and the Peninsular War in particular. He is Chairman of Peninsular War 200, the UK official organisation for the commemoration of the bicentenary of the Peninsular War. He speaks German and Spanish, currently works in Portugal and lives in Spain with his wife Janny and their three daughters. The author lives in Alicante, Spain.


  • Hardcover: 400 pages - 36$
  • Publisher: Osprey, October, 2014
  • ISBN-10: 1472801040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472801043



Waterloo: Myth and Reality

Gareth Glover


More has probably been written about the Waterloo campaign than almost any other in history. It was the climax of the Napoleonic Wars and forms a watershed in both European and world history. However, the lethal combination of national bias, wilful distortion and simple error has unfortunately led to the constantly regurgitated traditional 'accepted' version being significantly wrong regarding many episodes in the campaign. Oft-repeated claims have morphed into established fact and, with the bicentenary of this famous battle soon to be commemorated, it is high time that these are challenged and finally dismissed. Gareth Glover has spent a decade uncovering hundreds of previously unpublished eyewitness accounts of the battle and campaign, which have highlighted many of these myths and errors. In this ground-breaking history, based on extensive primary research of all the nations involved, he provides a very readable and beautifully balanced account of the entire campaign while challenging these distorted claims and myths, and he provides clear evidence to back his version of events. His thoughtful reassessment of this decisive episode in world history will be stimulating reading for those already familiar with the Napoleonic period and it will form a fascinating introduction for readers who are discovering this extraordinary event for the first time.

Gareth Glover is a former Royal Navy officer and military historian who has made a special study of the Napoleonic Wars for the last 30 years. In addition to writing many articles on aspects of the subject in magazines and journals, his many books include Voices of Thunder, From Corunna to Waterloo: The Letters and Journals of Two Napoleonic Hussars 1801-1816, Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers, Wellington's Lieutenant Napoleon's Gaoler: The Peninsula Letters and St Helena Diaries of Sir George Ridout Bingham, Eyewitness to the Peninsular War and the Battle of Waterloo: The Letters and Journals of Lieutenant Colonel James Stanhope 1803 to 1825 and An Eloquent Soldier.

  • Hardcover - 74.81$
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (September 15, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00SB2DY84



Napoleon: A Life

Andrew Roberts


Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times.

Andrew Roberts’s Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century.

An award-winning historian, Roberts traveled to fifty-three of Napoleon’s sixty battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena. He is as acute in his understanding of politics as he is of military history. Here at last is a biography worthy of its subject: magisterial, insightful, beautifully written, by one of our foremost historians.

  • Hardcover: 976 pages - 27$
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1St Edition edition, November, 2014
  • ISBN-10: 0670025321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670025329



Clausewitz: His Life and Work

By Donald Stoker


Carl von Clausewitz's On War, is generally considered the greatest text on military theory ever written. Clausewitz is a touchstone for the field today, and is read by scholars, students, and military personnel around the world. And yet to Clausewitz himself, far more important than achieving recognition for his scholarly and theoretical contributions was achieving glory on the field of battle-winning renown not with his pen but with his sword.

Military historian Donald Stoker's perceptive biography of Carl von Clausewitz moves skillfully between Clausewitz's career as a solider and his work as a theoretician and author, exploring the composition of On War and other works while also emphasizing the many military engagements in which Clausewitz fought. Though Clausewitz certainly spilled his share of ink, he also spilled blood--his as well as that of the enemy. As an officer in the Prussian army, Clausewitz fought in battles from Jena-Auerstedt to Waterloo, as well as the battle of Borodino while serving the Russians. Stoker takes readers through the heat of these battles, providing historical overview and discussing each engagement in detail. Rich context is provided by Clausewitz himself, who wrote abundant letters to his wife and friends throughout his life, and from which Stoker draws extensively.

Clausewitz argues for the centrality of Clausewitz's work as a soldier, but it does not neglect his historical achievements in military theory. Stoker unpacks each of Clausewitz's significant works, considering their influences and describing the circumstances around their composition. The interplay between the biographical details of Clausewitz's life and the arguments put forth in his written works allows for a deeper understanding of these familiar texts, and Stoker's insightful commentary adds depth to the discussion. The result is an absorbing reassessment of both the man and his legacy, and a significant contribution to the study of Clausewitz and his place in today's military and political landscape.

  • Hardcover: 376 pages - 20.93$
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; November, 2014
  • ISBN-10: 0199357943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199357949



Women in the Peninsular War

By Charles Esdaile


In the iconography of the Peninsular War of 1808–14, women are well represented—both as heroines, such as Agustina Zaragosa Domenech, and as victims, whether of starvation or of French brutality. In history, however, with its focus on high politics and military operations, they are invisible—a situation that Charles J. Esdaile seeks to address.

In Women in the Peninsular War, Esdaile looks beyond the iconography. While a handful of Spanish and Portuguese women became Agustina-like heroines, a multitude became victims, and here both of these groups receive their due. But Esdaile reveals a much more complicated picture in which women are discovered to have experienced, responded to, and participated in the conflict in various ways. While some women fought or otherwise became involved in the struggle against the invaders, others turned collaborator, used the war as a means of effecting dramatic changes in their situation, or simply concentrated on staying alive. Along with Agustina Zaragoza Domenech, then, we meet French sympathizers, campfollowers, pamphleteers, cross-dressers, prostitutes, amorous party girls, and even a few protofeminists.

Esdaile examines many social spheres, ranging from the pampered daughters of the nobility, through the cloistered members of Spain’s many convents, to the tough and defiant denizens of the Madrid slums. And we meet not just the women to whom the war came but also the women who came to the war—the many thousands who accompanied the British and French armies to the Iberian peninsula. Thanks to his use of copious original source material, Esdaile rescues one and all from, as E. P. Thompson put it, “the enormous condescension of posterity.” And yet all these women remain firmly in their historical and cultural context, a context that Esdaile shows to have emerged from the Peninsular War hardly changed. Hence the subsequent loss of these women’s story, and the obscurity from which this book has at long last rescued them.

Charles J. Esdaile is Professor in History at the University of Liverpool. His numerous publications include Napoleon’s Wars: An International History, The Peninsular War: A New History, and Fighting Napoleon: Guerrillas, Bandits and Adventurers in Spain.

  • Hardcover: 336 pages - 35.96$
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (August 7, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0806144785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806144788

Blucher: Scourge of Napoleon

By Michael Leggiere


One of the most colorful characters in the Napoleonic pantheon, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742–1819) is best known as the Prussian general who, along with the Duke of Wellington, defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Throughout his long career, Blücher distinguished himself as a bold commander, but his actions at times appeared erratic and reckless. This magnificent biography by Michael V. Leggiere, an award-winning historian of the Napoleonic Wars, is the first scholarly book in English to explore Blücher’s life and military career—and his impact on Napoleon.

Drawing on exhaustive research in European archives, Leggiere eschews the melodrama of earlier biographies and offers instead a richly nuanced portrait of a talented leader who, contrary to popular perception, had a strong grasp of military strategy. Nicknamed “Marshal Forward” by his soldiers, he in fact retreated more often than he attacked. Focusing on the campaigns of 1813, 1814, and 1815, Leggiere evaluates the full effects of Blücher’s operations on his archenemy.

In addition to providing military analysis, Leggiere draws extensively from Blücher’s own writings to reveal the man behind the legend. Though tough as nails on the outside, Blücher was a loving family man who deplored the casualties of war. This meticulously written biography, enhanced by detailed maps and other illustrations, fills a large gap in our understanding of a complex man who, for all his flaws and eccentricities, is justly credited with releasing Europe from the yoke of Napoleon’s tyranny.

Michael V. Leggiere is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, Military History Center, University of North Texas, and author of Napoleon & Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813 (OU Press, 2002), and The Fall of Napoleon, Vol. I: The Allied Invasion of France, 1813-181 (Cambridge, 2007).

  • Hardcover: 568 pages - 26.96$
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (January 29, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0806144092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806144092




Napoleon in Italy. The Sieges of Mantua, 1796-1799

By Phillip R. Cuccia


“Drawing on research in French, Austrian, private, and numerous Italian archives, Colonel Cuccia’s authoritative study of the sieges of Mantua during Napoleon’s conquest of Italy will be the standard work on the subject for decades. The author’s firsthand knowledge of the terrain, exhaustive research, and military background have enabled him to produce the definitive work on a well-known but little-studied aspect of the Napoleonic Wars.”Michael V. Leggiere, author of The Fall of Napoleon: The Allied Invasion of France, 1813–1814

Phillip R. Cuccia is a colonel in the U.S. Army who has served for the past thirteen years as a European foreign-area officer. He is currently assigned to Rome, Italy. He taught history at West Point and is the author of numerous articles on the Napoleonic era and the American Civil War.
  • Hardcover - 42.34$
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (1111)
  • ASIN: B00NPP1Z3S



France in the Maltese collective memory,
Perspectives, Perceptions, Identities after Bonaparte in British Malta

By Charles Xuereb

Napoleon never pillaged Malta, new book claims «Little more than a ruse by the upper classes to maintain political control »

The French plunder of Malta in the late 18th century was a lie told by Maltese aristocrats and clerics to justify a bloody uprising, according to a new book on the era.

Broadcaster and Francophile Charles Xuereb’s book France in the Maltese Collective Memory, claims that the looting of Maltese churches, widely accepted as the impetus behind the 1798 uprising, was little more than a ruse by the upper classes to maintain political control of the island.

“We have this notion of French soldiers pillaging churches across the island. This didn’t happen. Dioceses for instance were barely touched and whatever silver was taken was definitely not stolen,” Dr Xuereb said. Click to read more about the book.

  • Glossy Paperback format: 418 pages
  • Publisher: The Malta University (October 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 978-99909-45-78-2
  • 40 €


Course of lectures

Under the redaction of Alex Zotov, in Russian


Dr. Ben Weider's academic course of lectures represents the overview of previously issued lectures given at the universities of Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Moscow and Sandhurst.  Among them: Napoleon man of piece, Education and Economics in First Empire, Napoleon and Jews, Russian campaign, Murder at St.Helena, The secret love story of Napoleon's mother and some others. The original author's approach to Napoleon's personality gives the reader the unique opportunity to shape his own opinion about Emperor of the French and to learn more about his carrier and life including some lessknown facts of his biography starting up from the charade of his birth up to tragic death at St.Helena.

Lectures are selected in chronological order and include the issues that may be usefull not only for students studying History in the universities or military schools but also for general public interested in politics, legislation, economics,  education, literature, science and arts of the Napoleonic epoch.


  • Paperback format: 224 pages
  • Publisher: ZNAK
  • Language: Russian
  • ISBN 59823301891

In the Wake of War

By Tessa West

In the Wake of War is best described as narrative non-fiction, though it is also literary fiction. Through a series of stories some true,some fictitional –itcreates a vibrant and authentic picture of what life was like for officers, soldiers and seamen who were taken prisoner in the Napoleonic and American wars and obliged to live in captivity in hulks and Scottish and English depots until they were exchanged, freed by treaty, escaped or died.  While some prisoners-of-war succumbed to illness, despair or to the brutality of their fellows or those supposed to be responsible for them, others found ways of thriving. They created a life worth living: working, playing, learning, teaching, putting on plays, cooking, discussing, plotting, escaping. The people responsible for all the arrangements necessary regarding security, accommodation, feeding, clothing and providing medical care are depicted too, for their roles and conduct had a vitally important impact on the life of prisoners-of-war.

The book is composed of a range of individual voices, each telling a particular story.  Seven stories are first-person accounts written by actual prisoners-of-war or those close to them. The authors of these are mostly Frenchmen and Americans captured by the British and kept in prison depots or hulks somewhere between 1793-1815.  Seven other stories are written in the voices of characters whose work was with such prisoners. Because I was unable to find material written by such staff I decided to create fictional characters and let them speak for themselves: a gaoler, militiamen, an agent, a seamstress, an interpeter, a surgeon.

And one more voice is that of Napoleon. The key features of his imprisonment on St Helena are told through extracts taken from contemporaneous diaries of some of those who were with him there. His behaviour and attitude contrast with the experiences of those who fought for him.

Tessa West
has consulted books from England, Scotland, France, America and Norway in her search to find descriptions of prison depots and hulks and conditions within them. She has produced a collection of stories which are vital, energetic and thought-provoking.  Readers, as well as being entertained by the characters and their dilemmas, will be fascinated by the 18th century world of prison depots and hulks and parole. Though people have usually heard of the hulks, many know very little about this slice of history.

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Durpey-Allen Publishing Ltd (Sept. 30 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910317012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910317013



Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769-1814

By Rory Muir


'Muir's painstaking recital of facts and descriptions of battles will delight military buffs.'—Lawrence James, The Times
(Lawrence James The Times 2013-11-09)

'The Wellington biography for our time.'—Gary Sheffield, BBC History Magazine
(Gary Sheffield BBC History Magazine 2014-02-01)

“[E]xtensively researched and anchored in fact, [Muir] gives an invaluable picture of the duke in his early years that will be unfamiliar to many who know only of his military exploits. Muir has researched his subject for 30 years and it shows. . .[The] second volume – to judge by his first – cannot come soon enough...”—Simon Heffer, New Statesman (Simon Heffer New Statesman 2014-01-24)

"The first major Life of Wellington since Elizabeth Longford's work of 1969-72, Rory Muir's biography is matched by an extensive commentary online (at Muir comes to his task after long research on the wars against Napoleon, from both political and military perspectives. . .giv[ing] us an exceptional insight into the struggle, the changes that were necessary to sustain British forces, and the impact made by determined and ambitious individuals."—Chris Woolgar, Times Literary Supplement
(Chris Woolgar TLS 2014-02-21)

'Mr. Muir provides an authoritative view. . . an important book.'—Max Hastings, The Wall Street Journal

(Max Hastings The Wall Street Journal)

Rory Muir is visiting research fellow, University of Adelaide. His previously published books include a highly praised study of Wellington’s great triumph at Salamanca and the edited letters of Alexander Gordon, Wellington’s confidential aide-de-camp. He lives in Australia.


  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300186657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300186659

Great Commanders - Combat Studies Institute
By Christopher R. Gabel & James H. Willbanks

A collection of essays profiling: Alexander the Great; Ghenghis Khan; Napoleon Bonaparte; Horatio Nelson; John J. Pershing; Erwin Rommell; Curtis LeMay.From the foreword: "In selecting the seven great commanders presented in this volume, the contributors sought to cover a wide spectrum of military endeavor, encompassing a very broad time-frame, different nationalities and cultures, and representatives from ground, sea, and air warfare. The commanders selected were masters of warfare in their particular time and environment. Each capitalized upon the social, political, economic, and technological conditions of his day to forge successful military forcees and win significant and noteworthy victories that profoundly altered the world in which he lived."

Gabel, Christopher and James Willbanks (eds). Great Commanders. Fort Levenworth, Kansas, Combat Studies Instituet Press, US Army Combined Arms Center, 2013. Article on Napoleon by Mark Gerges. Cover photo provided by and credit given to J. David Markham

David Markham's review

Paperback: 216 pages - $ 18.80
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 10, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1481956272
ISBN-13: 978-1481956277



Waterloo Battlefield Guide

By David Buttery

The defeat of Napoleon's French army by the combined forces of Wellington and Blucher at Waterloo on 18 June 1815 was a turning point in world history. This was the climax of the Napoleonic Wars, and the outcome had a major influence on the shape of Europe for the next century and beyond. The battle was a milestone, and it cannot be properly understood without a detailed, on-the-ground study of the landscape in which it was fought - and that is the purpose of David Buttery's new battlefield guide. In vivid detail, using eyewitness accounts and an intimate knowledge of the terrain, he reconstructs Waterloo and he takes the reader - and the visitor - across the battleground as it is today. He focuses on the pivotal episodes in the fighting - the day-long struggle for the chateau at Hougoumont, the massive French infantry assaults, repeated cavalry charges, the fall of La Haye Sainte, the violent clashes in the village of Plancenoit, the repulse of the Imperial Guard and rout of the French army. This thoroughgoing, lucid, easy-to-follow guide will be a fascinating introduction for anyone who seeks to understand what happened on that momentous day, and it will be an essential companion for anyone who explores the battlefield in Belgium.

David Buttery has established a reputation as a leading historian of nineteenth-century British military history and the British Empire. He has made a particular study of the Napoleonic and Crimean Wars. He has worked in newspapers and in an oral history archive and has published extensively in many of the leading military history periodicals including the Victorian Military Society's journal, The Leicestershire Chronicle and Military Illustrated. His most recent books are Wellington Against Massena: The Third Invasion of Portugal 1810-1811, Messenger of Death: Captain Nolan and the Charge of the Light Brigade and Wellington Against Junot: The First Invasion of Portugal 1807-1808.

  • Hardcover: 304 pages - CDN$ 41.07
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books (May 19 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1781591210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781591215




Meteors That Enlighten the Earth: Napoleon and the Cult of Great Men
By Mattew D. Zarzeczny

This book represents perhaps five plus years of hard work, with feedback provided from such leading university professors as Dale Van Kley and such internationally recognized Napoleonic scholars as David Markham, and provides fascinating insights into one of history's most important and complex individuals. As such, anyone interested in Napoleonic history, as well as the history of great men (and women!), will absolutely need to get a copy of this book. This book would also be an excellent choice for college professors teaching upper level courses or graduate history courses on the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. Given that is was adapted from a dissertation, professors can use this book as a way of showing their students an example of a dissertation converted into a book. Moreover, it would be excellent for using as a book review assignment or even for discussions on why we are so fascinated with particular individuals. What makes a man or woman great? Have our ideas of greatness changed since Napoleon's time? This book poses so many questions, it is certain to be academically relevant for many years to come!

Hardcover: 270 pages - $59.37
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (January 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1443842079
ISBN-13: 978-1443842075



Great Commanders - Combat Studies Institute
By Christopher R. Gabel & James H. Willbanks

A collection of essays profiling: Alexander the Great; Ghenghis Khan; Napoleon Bonaparte; Horatio Nelson; John J. Pershing; Erwin Rommell; Curtis LeMay.From the foreword: "In selecting the seven great commanders presented in this volume, the contributors sought to cover a wide spectrum of military endeavor, encompassing a very broad time-frame, different nationalities and cultures, and representatives from ground, sea, and air warfare. The commanders selected were masters of warfare in their particular time and environment. Each capitalized upon the social, political, economic, and technological conditions of his day to forge successful military forcees and win significant and noteworthy victories that profoundly altered the world in which he lived."

Gabel, Christopher and James Willbanks (eds). Great Commanders. Fort Levenworth, Kansas, Combat Studies Instituet Press, US Army Combined Arms Center, 2013. Article on Napoleon by Mark Gerges. Cover photo provided by and credit given to J. David Markham

David Markham's review

Paperback: 216 pages - $ 18.80
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 10, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1481956272
ISBN-13: 978-1481956277



WITH NAPOLEON'S GUARD IN RUSSIA: The Memoirs of Major Vionnet, 1812

By Vionnet Louis Joseph, Jonathan North (ed&tr)

Major Louis Joseph Vionnet's memoirs of Napoleon's disastrous 1812 campaign in Russia are readable, detailed, and full of personal anecdote and vivid glimpses into the life of the nineteenth-century soldier. His account concentrates in particular on the retreat from Moscow, but he was present at all the major actions and followed the entire course of the campaign from the opening moves in July 1812 to being chased through Prussia by bands of Cossacks in early 1813. He was present at the destruction of Smolensk, toured the battlefield of Borodino and witnessed the great fire in Moscow. Vionnet was a major in the Fusiliers-Grenadiers, a regiment of veterans in the Imperial Guard, and his account provides a wonderful insight into the e'lan, morale and cohesion of this elite fighting force. Jonathan North has translated Vionnet's memoirs for the first time for this English edition. In addition to providing detailed explanatory notes, he quotes from the accounts left by five other soldiers from the same regiment, and these extracts allow the reader to follow the ups and downs of the unit as a whole. Louis Joseph Vionnet, Vicomte de Maringone', was born in Longueville in 1769, the son of a peasant and a lace maker. He joined the artillery in 1793 and was promoted to captain in the line in 1794. He fought in Italy in 1796, in the line infantry in 1798 and the Guard grenadiers in 1806, and campaigned in Prussia, Poland and Spain. In 1809, he joined the Fusiliers of the Guard, fought again in Spain in 1811 and then, with the rank of major, he took part in the 1812 Russian campaign, which he survived. He retired in the 1830s and died in 1834.

Translator and editor: Jonathan North is a professional editor and a historian specialising in Napoleonic history. He spent a number of years in Eastern Europe before beginning a career in publishing in 1997. His publications include With Napoleon in Russia: The Illustrated Memoirs of Faber du Faur, In the Legions of Napoleon: The Memoirs of a Polish Officer in Spain and Russia, 1808-1812 and Napoleon's Army in Russia: The Illustrated Memoirs of Albrecht Adam, 1812.

  • Hardcover: 224 pages $21.86
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (January 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848846355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848846357



War Memories: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Modern European Culture (War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850)

By Alan Forrest (Editor), Étienne François (Editor), Karen Hagemann (Editor)

The memory of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars was so powerful across Europe because they constituted a crucial turning point in European history. The military expansion of France ensured that scarcely a corner of Europe remained untouched by the wars and by the political, economic and social changes that accompanied them. This interdisciplinary volume brings together an international team of experts who study how experiences and memories were transmitted to future generations in European culture and explore the various media through which they passed. This focus allows the authors to examine the intersection between experience and memory, between the private and the public, history and fiction, literature and art, and, most significantly of all, between the memories of the individual, groups, regions, nations, and the continent of Europe.

ALAN FORREST is professor of Modern History at the University of York, UK. He has published widely on French Revolutionary and Napoleonic history in France and Europe, on the history of armies and war, and on the cultural history of modern France.

ETIENNE FRANCOIS is professor emeritus of History at the Free University of Berlin, Germany,and at the University of Paris-I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). His research focuses on German, French and European Early Modern and Modern history, with a special interest in the issue of history and memory.

KAREN HAGEMANN is James G. Kenan distinguished professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Her research focuses on modern German and European history and on gender history, especially on the relationship between war, the nation and gender.

  • Hardcover: 440 pages - $84.49
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230272169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230272163



Incomparable Napoleon’s 9th Light Infantry Regiment

The meticulously researched story of one of the greatest regiments in Napoleonic history, the French 9th Light Infantry

By T.E. Crowdy

In 1799, as First Consul of the Republic, Napoleon needed a military victory to cement his political power. He drove a hastily gathered army across the Swiss Alps to recapture northern Italy from the Austrians, but at Marengo Napoleon was taken by surprise. His army was in open retreat when the 9th Light Infantry Regiment arrived late on the field. As Napoleon’s last hope they were launched forward to stop the Austrians and give the army time to recover. Their charge was so ferocious it broke Austrian morale and drove them from the battlefield.
Napoleon was generous in his praise for the Ninth, dubbing them ‘Incomparable’. From such heady heights, the fear of failure became a powerful motivator, but through successive campaigns in Austria, Prussia, Poland and Spain, the regiment proved its worth. Eventually the strain began to show and the misery of guerrilla war took its toll on the regiment. In 1815 Napoleon returned from exile in Elba and the Ninth loyally rallied to him. At the great battle of Waterloo they spearheaded the charge to rejoin Napoleon, however, unlike the glory of Marengo, they failed.

T.E. Crowdy expertly tells the story of the Ninth through the Napoleonic era, celebrating the regiment’s victories and analysing their failures. This is not a traditional regimental history. It is the story of people who were caught up in the blazing trail of Napoleon’s epic career. It describes the Napoleonic war machine from within, sheddinglight on the lives and feats of the soldiers on whose toil a spectacular Empire was built and lost.

Terry Crowdy is the author of a number of books on the French military during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. After participating in the bicentennial celebrations of Napoleon’s early battles, he began extensive research into the daily lives of soldiers of the periods, on land and at sea. In addition Crowdy has a keen interest in espionage subjects and has written on a number of ‘Secret War’ topics including The Enemy Within (2006), and Deceiving Hitler (2008). He lives in Kent and is a safety adviser for Historic Royal Palaces, the charity which manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington and several other former royal residences.

. Publisher: Osprey (September 2012)
. £19.99
. ISBN :
978 184908 3324


The Slaves Who Defeated Napoleon: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian War of Independence, 1801–1804.

By Girard, Philippe R.

“It is readable and lively, and details an important and little-studied episode that had important implications for the long-term success of Napoleon and on the territorial expansion of the United States.”--Stewart R. King, author of Blue Coal or Powdered Wig: Free People of Color in PreRevolutionary Saint Domingue and editor of Encyclopedia of Free Blacks and People of Color in the Americas.

“This is an well-researched and important contribution to the study of the Haitian Revolution. Girard has drawn together a wide range of archival materials, as well as thoroughly mining printed primary sources, to present a richly detailed account of the war of independence.”--Laurent R. Dubois, author Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution.

Philippe R. Girard is an associate professor and head of the Department of History at McNeese State University. He is the author of Clinton in Haiti: The 1994 U.S. Invasion of Haiti and Haiti: The Tumultuous History—From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation.

  • Hardcover: 456 pages - $40.50
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1 edition (November 2, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0817317325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817317324

Reborn in America : French exiles and Refugees in the United States and the Vine and Olive Adventure : 1815-1865

By Saugera Eric, translated by Madeleine Velguth

The history of the Vine and Olive Colony in Demopolis, Alabama, has long been clouded by romantic myths. The notion that it was a doomed attempt by Napoleonic exiles in America to plant a wine- and olive-growing community in Alabama based on the ideals of the French Revolution, has long been bolstered by the images that have been proliferated in the popular imagination of French ladies (in Josephine-style gowns) and gentlemen (in officer’s full dress uniforms) lounging in the breeze on the bluffs overlooking the Tombigbee River while sturdy French peasants plowed the rich soil of the Black Belt. Indeed, these picturesque images come close to matching the dreams that many of the exiles themselves entertained upon arrival.
But Eric Saugera’s recent scholarship does much to complicate the story. Based on a rich cache of letters by settlement founders and promoters discovered in French regional archives, Reborn in America humanizes the refugees, who turn out to have been as interested in profiteering as they were in social engineering and who dallied with schemes to restore the Bonapartes and return gloriously to their homeland.
The details presented in this story add a great deal to what we know of antebellum Alabama and international intrigues in the decades after Napoleon’s defeat, and shed light as well on the other, less glamorous refugees: planters fleeing from the revolution in Haiti, whose interest was much more purely agricultural and whose lasting influence on the region was far more durable.

Eric Saugera is a French historian who specializes in the study of the nineteenth-century French slave trade. He is the author of the seminal Bordeaux, Port Négrier. He lives in Nantes, France.

Madeleine Velguth, Professor Emerita of French at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was awarded the 1998 Florence Gould Foundation and French American Foundation Translation Prize for the best translation of a prose work from French to English.

"Reborn in America" has the great merit of making an original and significant contribution to the history of the Vine and Olive Colony.  It is one thing to say something new about an unknown topic; it is an accomplishment of a more impressive sort to open an entirely new perspective on a subject that other historians have already treated.  Eric Saugera's study is of the latter variety."--Rafe Blaufard, author of Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Refugees and Exiles on the Gulf Coast, 1815-1835

. Publisher: Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press, 2011 (584 pages)
. ISBN: 9780817317232 0817317236


Nelson's Refuge: Gibraltar in the Age of Napoleon

By Jason R. Musteen

Since its capture from Spain in 1704, Gibraltar has been one of Great Britain's most legendary citadels. As the gatekeeper of the Mediterranean Sea, its commanding position has shaped the history of the region and nations, including modern Britain. During the Napoleonic Wars (1793 1815) Gibraltar gained great strategic importance as a naval station in its own right. It became an offensive force, leaving the sanctity of the isle's fortifications to attack the enemy in Europe and Africa. This history examines Gibraltar's growth during that twenty-year struggle with Napoleonic France. As a forward base for the operations of the Royal Navy and Army, the island allowed Nelson to achieve his victories at the Nile and at Trafalgar. The book also describes how Gibraltar served as the base of secret negotiations that brought Spain to the British side during the Peninsular War and further served as the most forward operations base for the British in that war.

David Markham's comments on 'the dust jacket' : “Jason Musteen has given us a unique study of one of the military icons of the world.  Using an outstanding selection of archival, primary and secondary sources from Spain, Britain and France, Musteen writes in a style easily accessible to scholar and general reader alike.  Musteen's vivid description of Gibraltar’s personalities, politics and even such things as the difficulties in supplying water and food greatly enhances his discussion of its military history.  Had I been able to read this book before my own visit to Gibraltar I would have had a far better understanding of its unique and fascinating history.”

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591145457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591145455



Wellington's Two-front War: The Peninsular Campaigns, at Home and Abroad, 1808-1814 (Campaigns and Commanders Series)

By Joshua Moon

Sir Arthur Wellesley s 1808 14 campaigns against Napoleon s forces in the Iberian Peninsula have drawn the attention of scholars and soldiers for two centuries. Yet, until now, no study has focused on the problems that Wellesley, later known as the Duke of Wellington, encountered on the home front before his eventual triumph beyond the Pyrenees. In Wellington s Two-Front War, Joshua Moon not only surveys Wellington s command of British forces against the French but also describes the battles Wellington fought in England with an archaic military command structure, bureaucracy, and fickle public opinion.

In this detailed and accessible account, Moon traces Wellington s command of British forces during the six years of warfare against the French. Almost immediately upon landing in Portugal in 1808, Wellington was hampered by his government s struggle to plan a strategy for victory. From that point on, Moon argues, the military s outdated promotion system, political maneuvering, and bureaucratic inertia all subject to public opinion and a hostile press thwarted Wellington s efforts, almost costing him the victory. Drawing on archival sources in the United Kingdom and at the United States Military Academy, Moon goes well beyond detailing military operations to delve into the larger effects of domestic policies, bureaucracy, and coalition building on strategy.

Ultimately, Moon shows, the second front of Wellington s two-front war was as difficult as the better-known struggle against Napoleon s troops and harsh conditions abroad. As this book demonstrates, it was only through strategic vision and relentless determination that Wellington attained the hard-fought victory. Moon s multifaceted examination of the commander and his frustrations offers valuable insight into the complexities of fighting faraway battles under the scrutiny at home of government agencies and the press issues still relevant today.

Joshua Moon is a Major in the U.S. Army. Formerly Assistant Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he now serves in Hawaii.

David Markham's Review

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd) (April 15, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0806141573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806141572

Working with Napoleon: Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by His Private Secretary

By Baron Claude-François de Meneval
Introduction by J. David Markham

To be employed by a towering military and political figure such as Napoleon Bonaparte during the entire period of his active life gives the astute observer an incomparably privileged position. Claude Franςois de Méneval remained a secretary and close confidant of the emperor from 1802 to 1815 and was especially attached to the Empress Marie Louise. Thanks to the author’s notes and exceptional memory, these memoirs were published in 1894 and immediately became the most authoritative document used by every historian of the Napoleonic era. Besides being a most efficient secretary and note-taker, Méneval was also himself a man of letters, and his writing style, clear and unadorned, makes for a wonderful reading of history in the making during a most fascinating era.

Paperback: 750 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Enigma Books (first published 2010)
ISBN: 1929631944
ISBN13: 9781929631940



(War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850)

By Marie-Cecuke Thoral

Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, this book investigates the everyday human experience of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars by French military and civilians, the impact of these wars on the French nation and society, and the rise of a new kind of war in the West at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Marie-Cecile Thoral is Senior Lecturer in Modern International and European History at Coventry University, UK. Previously she held a post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Modern History at the University of York from 2006 to 2008, in the research project Nation, Borders, Identities: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars in European Memories, funded by the AHRC.

Hardcover: 280 pages $64.13
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (January 4, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0230252877
ISBN-13: 978-0230252875



Volume one: Letters and Reports from Manuscript Sources.

by John Franklin

This is a valuable collection of previously unpublished documents relating to the Netherlands army, covering the General Staff, 2nd and 3rd Netherlands Infantry Division and the Netherlands Cavalry Division, all of which played a part on the Waterloo campaign. The collection includes a number of contemporary reports, letters sent during and immediately after the campaign, and a series of letters written during the 1840s in response to requests for information about the battle.

The Netherlands army made up about a quarter of Wellington's army at Waterloo, and was effectively a separate army with its own commander in chief, the Prince of Orange. These documents give us some useful insights on the difficulties this posed to Wellington and the nature of his contacts with the Netherlands army. That army also had problems, having only recently been formed after the forced merger of Belgium and the Netherlands as the United Kingdom of the Netherlands in the aftermath of Napoleon's first abdication - this shows in the frequent mentions of troops marching into battle for 'King and Country', somewhat unconvincingly given the short history of the new kingdom!

Overall this is a very useful volume for anyone interested in the Waterloo campaign, shedding light on an often neglected aspect of the battle, and of the Allied army.

Paperback: 176 pages - £19.00
Publisher: 1815 Limited (Mar 2010)
ISBN-10: 0956339328
ISBN-13: 978-0956339324


Volume I: Letters and Reports from Manuscript Sources

By John Franklin

John Franklin is a professional military historian based in Switzerland, who specialises in the Napoleonic period, and the Waterloo campaign of 1815 in particular. Indeed, since 2002 he has been engaged full-time in one of the most comprehensive studies of the campaign ever undertaken, with the aim of providing a wealth of previously unpublished material, particularly that from the various non-British contingents who were present during the dramatic climax to this important period of European history. The vast majority of the material due for publication has been taken from manuscript and archival sources, with the emphasis on primary research. The series of twenty-five book will be published through 1815 Limited, the only publishing house dedicated to material on Waterloo, while John himself is also collating material with a number of other noted historians to provide books on the French, Prussian and British troops.

Paperback: 192 pages - £19.00
Publisher: 1815 Limited (Jun 2010)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0956339336
ISBN-13: 978-0956339331


Volume II: The German Sources

By Gareth Glover
Introduced by Nikolaus Fürst Glücher von Wahlstatt

German troops formed the majority of Wellington’s forces present at the Battle of Waterloo including those of Nassau, Brunswick, Hanover and the King’s German Legion, and they have left a large number of first-hand accounts of their role in the battle.

The actions of the King's German Legion – an integral part of the British Army and partly officered by British soldiers – has been published in English, but to a limited degree: Herbert Siborne published letters written to his father; Ompteda and Wheatley have had their memoirs published; and History of the King’s German Legion included a small number of letters, including the oft-misquoted account of the defence of La Haye Sainte by Major Baring. This forms a tiny proportion of the German material available. Therefore it is not surprising that early British histories of the battle have largely sidelined the achievements of the German troops, and this has been regurgitated by most that have followed. This situation did not change until the 1990s when Peter Hofschroer published his two-volume version of the campaign from the German perspective, which included snippets of German documents published in English for the first time. But even this proved not totally satisfactory, as it did not provide the whole document to allow full interpretation.

There is a great need to provide an English version of much of the original German source material to redress the imbalance; this volume is intended to remedy that situation by publishing sixty of these reports and letters fully translated into English for the first time, giving a clearer insight into the significant role these troops played.

Hardcover: 288 pages $50.00
Publisher: Frontline Books (November 2010)
ISBN-10: 184832541X
ISBN-13: 978-1848325418


Volume I: British Sources

By Gareth Glover

In the first groundbreaking volume of a new series, acclaimed Napoleonic scholar Gareth Glover brings together previously unpublished material relating to the Battle of Waterloo. The hitherto unseen British material contained in Volume I includes: a series of letters written by a senior officer on Wellington's Staff to Sir Thomas Graham immediately following the battle: The letters of a member of the Wedgewood family in the Guards at Waterloo: The journal of Sergeant Johnston of the Scots Greys, detailing all his experiences, including a very rare transcript of his own court martial!; letters from eminent surgeons including those of Hume, Davy and Haddy James, who served at Waterloo with their harrowing tales of the wounds suffered.
In addition to these letters and journals, Volume I will include 21 original line drawings produced by Cavalie Mercer to accompany his famous book on his experiences at Waterloo but never previously published. Subsequent volumes will include French, German, Dutch and Belgian material which has never been translated into English before.

The publication of rare letters, journals and other documents is one of the most important contributions to history that can be made, and is a major part of the Aims and Goals of the INS. In this book, Gareth Glover continues his excellent work in this field. The material is fascinating and gives the reader a deeper understanding of the way soldiers and civilians experienced this important battle. Moreover, the inclusion of line drawings and color engravings from the period adds another very important dimension to the book. Glover plans at least six volumes in this series, including French, Dutch and Belgian material that will be translated and published for the first time. It is impossible to overstate the importance of Glover’s contribution to our understanding of this important historical event.

Barnsley, Frontline Books, an imprint of Pen & Sword, 2010. Distributed  in the US by Casemate.
Price: $50.
304 pages  
ISBN-10: 1848325401  
ISBN-13: 978-1848325401



By Peter Hofschroer

The Battle of Waterloo has been studied and dissected so extensively that one might assume little more on the subject could be discovered. Now historian Peter Hofschröer brings forward a long-repressed commentary written by Carl von Clausewitz, the author of On War. Clausewitz, the Western world's most renowned military theorist, participated in the Waterloo campaign as a senior staff officer in the Prussian army. His appraisal, offered here in an up-to-date and readable translation, criticised the Duke of Wellington's actions. Lord Liverpool sent his translation of the manuscript to Wellington, who pronounced it a "lying work". The translated commentary was quickly buried in Wellington's private papers, where it languished for a century and a half. Now published for the first time in English, Hofschröer brings Clausewitz's critique back into view with thorough annotation and contextual explanation.
Peter Hofschröer shows how the Duke prevented the account's publication during his lifetime — a manipulation of history so successful that almost two centuries passed before Clausewitz's work reemerged, finally permitting a reappraisal of key events in the campaign. In addition to translating and annotating Clausewitz's critique, Hofschröer also includes an order of battle and an extensive bibliography. Carl von Clausewitz (1780–1831) was a Prussian soldier and a military theorist. His book On War is to this day essential reading for military strategists. Peter Hhofschröer is the author of numerous books and articles on the Napoleonic Wars, including, Waterloo 1815: Wavre, Plancenoit, and the Race to Paris.

  • Hardcover: 272 pages - C$ 33,90
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (May 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0806141085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806141084


By Alexander Mikaberidze

Description from the publishers:

In the winter of 1812, Napoleon's army retreated from Moscow under appalling conditions, hunted by three separate Russian armies, its chances of survival apparently nil. By late November Napoleon had reached the banks of the River Berezina - the last natural obstacle between his army and the safety of the Polish frontier. But instead of finding the river frozen solid enough to march his men across, an unseasonable thaw had turned the Berezina into an icy torrent. Having already ordered the burning of his bridging equipment, Napoleon's predicament was serious enough: but with the army of Admiral Chichagov holding the opposite bank, and those of Kutusov and Wittgenstein closing fast, it was critical. Only a miracle could save him...
In his narrative, Alexander Mikaberidze describes how Napoleon rose from the pit of despair to the peak of his powers in order to achieve that miracle. Drawing on contemporary sources - letters, diaries, memoirs - he recreates one of the greatest escapes in military history - a story often half-told in general histories of the Russian campaign but never before fully explored. 
Alexander Mikaberidze has taught European history at Mississippi State and Florida State universities and lectured on Napoleonic Wars for the US Naval War College. He has published many articles on the subject and his books include The Russian Officer Corps of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, Czar's General: Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars by General Aleksey Ermolov, a two-volume edition of A. Mikhailovsky-Danilevsky's Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812, Lion of the Russian Army: Life and Career of General Peter Bagration and The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov.

  • Hardcover: 288 pages - C$ 18,33
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books (March 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1844159205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844159208

Volume III: Wagram and Znaim

By Gill, John H.

Volume III unravel the task of launching an attack across the Danube and the subsequent defeat of the Austrians at Wagram (5-6 July 1809).

The War of 1809 was the high watermark for the French Empire under Napoleon. He faced Archduke Charles who was considered by most contemporaries as the best commander in Europe. The reformed Austrian Army was vastly superior to the army that capitulated at Ulm. The operational and tactical gap between the French and the Austrians had decreased. This was almost the last time that the French could be considered superior in arms to their opponents. The triumph of the Confederation of the Rhine in staving off defeat and giving time for the French is clearly indicated in the book. It was the skill and ability of German States that staved off the defeat for Napoleon. Once he was in the theatre his ability to drive the Corps was shown.

It is interesting that the order of battle underlines that on 10 April only half of the guns employed were from French batteries and less than 32% were from the Gribeauval system. The French Cavalry were still using 8-pdrs in their horse artillery batteries. This has also been overlooked by a number of modern authors in their rush towards the set piece battles of Aspern-Essling and Wagram.

The writing is concise without the novel-like prose that is so fashionable now that glosses over or even ignores the facts needed to be made. The movement of the troops can be followed by the excellent 23 black and white maps specially drawn for the book, with a clear key of white for Austrian, grey for Napoleon’s German Allies and black for French.  The maps are drawn to a scale in kilometres and are as clear as they can be within the confines of the format. This avoids the problems of many authors who have used contemporary measures which only seem to confuse the reader. The maps show contours by shaded areas in the modern manner and are specific enough to be used as a basis for a series of wargame re-fights.

The conventions that he has diligently stuck to are commendable. Rank titles remain in their native form according to their country with equivalents given on page 306. Ligne and Legere refer to French line and light infantry. Using both the Inhaber in italics with their number for the Austrians. Arabic numerals for the French Corps and Roman numerals for the Austrian. The use of modern spelling of names that can be found on modern maps. Although a concordance would have been useful. Distances are converted into metric so avoiding the problems of interpretation prevalent in may other accounts.

Hardcover: 512 pages - 60$
Publisher: Frontline Books (2010)
ISBN-10: 184415713X
ISBN-13: 978-1844157136



By Donald Graves

Donald Graves' book is conversational in tone and very easy to read but backed by a great depth of research. Rightly he highlights the family nature of this famous regiment, on that in his own words, has a greater depth of literary resource than almost any other.

Well worth purchasing.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Frontline Books (July 2010)
ISBN-10: 1848325517
ISBN-13: 978-1848325517




The British Soldier Under Wellington, 1808-1814

By Edward J. Coss

All for the King's Shilling restores the reputation of those professional soldiers whose valor helped make 19th century Britain a great power. Coss' book is sure to satisfy all Napoleonic enthusiasts as well as scholars of military history.

The current Afghanistan War is becoming one of the longest and expensive in modern history since World War II. It is worth reflecting on those values that keep morale up and espirt de corps high among the fighting troops, and where those values came from. During the Napoleonic Wars, the British regimental system, still used today and copied by US Forces, was at the heart of the military ethic that motivated Anglo-Saxon soldiers of that era and still does for NATO Coalition soldiers of today.

A study of Wellington’s army during his Peninsula Campaigns against Napoleon’s Marshals offers a good look at what motivated the Redcoats and “Thomas Adkins” in the early 19th century. Edward Coss’s All for the King’s Shilling is a splendid book about British soldiers who fought and died for a shilling a day, and one of the best written about the British army in the Peninsula War.

The Duke of Wellington has long been criticized for his own words when he called his soldiers “scum of the earth” and cast them as society’s misfits or criminals who enlisted to escape jail. Now Coss, using metrics obtained by extensive mining of records from the British National Archives, buttressed by exhaustive reading on the theory and practice of combat motivation, shows us that most of those soldiers were respectable laborers, factory workers, and tradesmen who were down on their luck due to the wars of that period, demographic changes in population, or their jobs being displaced by the Industrial Revolution. That they acted as they did because they were underfed, underpaid, and the victims of very few social systems for unemployed, able-bodied men that were driven into the army to survive. Even though British soldiers were known to steal, loot, and pillage to survive, Wellington was forced to admit in the end that they were “fine fellows.” He also said they are “… an unrivalled army for fighting.” The British regulars never let him down on the battlefield. At the end of the Peninsula War, he told an intimate that with his army he could do anything. “If I had an English army, I would have conquered the universe.” No other soldiers on earth had a chance against the Redcoats on fair and open ground, and the Duke knew it.

While the French army was conscripted from the masses (“levee en masse”) across social lines, the British army was recruited from the unemployed, lower classes. The French soldiers returned home after their enlistment was up. The British soldiers up to 1806 enlisted for life. They were “Gone for Soldier” and only a few were lucky enough to get a pension and return home. What made the British army fight better is well explained in Coss’s book. The Redcoats were not fighting for someone higher up; they were fighting for each other. That is what made them such good soldiers. According to Coss, it was primarily small-group loyalty. Wellington’s ability as a commander had something to do with it.  They would not let themselves down nor would they Wellington.

The heart of Coss’s work is a human story. While Wellington’s men may have been heroes, they were also men with common faults. In Coss’s book we have the British army “warts and all.” They were not all like Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s novels, but they were good enough. In spite of the fact that Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, and San Sebastian were all thoroughly sacked when British troops had to take them by assault shows that decent men were still capable of bad things when provoked which was normal for soldiers of that day that were underpaid and underfed. However, they were not all brutes, but rather decent human beings who were motivated by positive as much as negative factors. They confronted hardships and ethical values, and became formidable soldiers in the bargain. Many demonstrated a strong desire to make something of them and redeem their failures in civil life. Coss’s book restores the reputation of Wellington’s “rankers” and helps explain the motivation and behavior of soldiers under stress in combat who fought for the “King’s shilling.”

Thomas D. Morgan Steilacoom Review

Foreword by John F. Guilmartin, Jr. Norman:
University of Oklahoma Press, 2010 University of Oklahoma Press (April 2010)
Hardcover: 374 pages
ISBN-10: 0806141050 




By Emilio Ocampo

Napoleon’s last campaign didn’t end at Waterloo. After that fateful day on June 1815, hundreds if not thousands of veterans of Napoleon’s army emigrated to America. Many went farther south and joined the rebels fighting for independence in the Spanish colonies, from Mexico to Buenos Aires. The Bonapartists roiled the Western World as they sought fortune, fame, and glory in the expanding United States and in the tumultuous Spanish Americas suffering from repression and civil disorder, and even in the states of Europe. They were joined by adventurers from other nations who shared their admiration for the fallen emperor.
This is the first full-length examination of the Bonapartists who emigrated from France after Napoleon’s defeat and exile, who formed a loose confederation with adventurers and romantics, and who contemplated a new empire in the Western Hemisphere. The scheme had the support and encouragement of the fallen emperor himself and his brother Joseph, former King of Spain, who lived in exile in the United States.
Emilio Ocampo has examined archives on three continents and sources in several languages to ferret out the evidence—a monumental task considering that conspirators tried to leave no evidence of their plans, and that a failed plot, like failure in general, leaves few claimants. Ocampo reinterprets Latin American independence as an international event that drew in all the major powers. By illuminating the complex connections between the shattered France of the Bourbon restoration; an England threatened by radical politician inspired by the French Revolution; Napoleon in exile at St. Helena; the United States, where home-grown adventurers and French émigrés alike saw opportunity; and the collapsing Spanish colonial empire, where revolutionaries were allying themselves with the veterans of Napoleon’s Grande Armée, Ocampo brings together two bodies of scholarship: Napoleonic history and Latin American independence. He does so by tracing the steps of four of the most fascinating characters of the era: two Britons disaffected with their own government—Lord Thomas Cochrane and Sir Robert Wilson—and two former generals of Napolean’s army named Charles Lallemand and Michel Brayer.
The Emperor’s Last Campaign is a fascinating story, well told, and peopled with all sorts of improbable characters and schemes that perhaps just missed coming to full fruition but that in the process contributed to one of the most important events of the nineteenth century: the breakdown of the Spanish empire in America and the rise of the United States as a world power.

*Winner of the 2009 INS Literary Award (1st)

Publisher: University Alabama Press (March 28, 2009)
Hardcover 400 pages - $30,36
ISBN-10: 0817316469
ISBN-13: 978-0817316464



By Jeremy Black

The War of 1812 is etched into American memory with the burning of the Capitol and the White House by British forces, The Star-Spangled Banner, and the decisive naval battle of New Orleans. Now a respected British military historian offers an international perspective on the conflict to better gauge its significance.

In The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon, Jeremy Black provides a dramatic account of the war framed within a wider political and economic context than most American historians have previously considered. In his examination of events both diplomatic and military, Black especially focuses on the actions of the British, for whom the conflict was, he argues, a mere distraction from the Napoleonic War in Europe.

Black describes parallels and contrasts to other military operations throughout the world. He stresses the domestic and international links between politics and military conflict; in particular, he describes how American political unease about a powerful executive and strong army undermined U.S. military efforts. He also offers new insights into the war in the West, amphibious operations, the effects of the British blockade, and how the conflict fit into British global strategy.

For those who think the War of 1812 is a closed book, this volume brims with observations and insights that better situate this "American" war on the international stage.

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. He is the author of more than seventy books and has lectured extensively around the world.

*Winner of the 2009 INS Literary Award (2nd)

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (December 30, 2009)
Hardcover: 286 pages - $ 26,36
ISBN-10: 080614078X
ISBN-13: 978-0806140780


Tractical Studies 1806 - Saalfeld, Iena and Auerstadt (Leather Bound)

Translated and annotated by Scott Bowden. Matthew DeLaMater, Senior Editor. Outstanding combination of art and important translations. Sumptious leatherbound edition, part of the Age of Napoleon 200th Anniversary Series.

406 pages with numerous color illustrations and maps.

One hundred years ago, in an effort to reconstitute one of Napoleon's most legendary military achievements, a young French capitaine d'infanterie breveté named Pascal Bressonnet diligently reconstructed the 1806 campaign in Prussia. Through the use of detailed after-action reports from the officers of Napoleon's magnificent Grande Armée, combined with in-depth German studies that recounted the Prussian side of the conflict, Bressonnet was able to author the most remarkably detailed and authoritative tactical study of any of the battles of the Napoleonic era. Bressonnet's Études tactiques sur la Campagne de 1806 (Saalfeld - Iéna - Auerstedt), is a landmark book, filled with such precise and detailed tactical descriptions and analysis, along with superb maps, that it could only have been written by someone who had earned a complete mastery of the subject.

So, a century after the appearance of the original work, Bressonnet's study now makes its English-language debut to an ever-growing audience interested in learning more about the fascinating details of Napoleonic warfare. To supplement Bressonnet's original as completely as possible, I have the honor to work with the visionary professionals at Military History Press, who agreed to include, among many other things, the French after-action reports from which Bressonnet drew many of his details, plus newly-created maps and exciting tactical diagrams and much more. Hopefully, this lavish volume will be both a worthy salute to the legacy of the brave soldiers who fought this epic campaign, and also to Bressonnet himself, who we have kept in mind each day as we strove to equal his passion and high standards.

Rick Hensley review

Leather Bound
Publisher: Military History Press; 1st edition (August 2009)
ISBN-10: 0982270348
ISBN-13: 978-0982270349



By Frédéric Marhieu

Entre cérémonies du 11 novembre et fêtes de Noël, les éditions Sébirot vous informent de la parution de leur dernier titre Ils ont vaincu Napoléon et le temps. Venant en complément du précédent ouvrage Napoléon, les derniers témoins, ce nouvel opus présente pour la première fois les ultimes témoins civils et militaires anglo-saxons des guerres contre Napoléon.
Les témoignages qui le composent sont livrés par d'anciens adversaires de Napoléon : ils éclairent d'un regard peu habituel le public francophone sur des personnages et des évènements chers à son histoire (Napoléon, Waterloo...).
Une étude démographique, historique et sociologique, complète les 147 biographies et participe à une meilleure connaissance de cette population de survivants. A partir de l'examen de leur mobilité géographique, l'auteur Frédéric Mathieu apporte un éclairage original sur les phénomènes migratoires internationaux qui caractérisent l'Europe du XIXe siècle. Les nombreux témoignages et portraits photographiques apportent chaleur et vie à l'ensemble.

20 Euros
Publisher: Sébirot (28 octobre 2009)
ISBN-10: 2953272615
ISBN-13: 978-2-9532726



By Andrew Uffindell

In 1814, after two successive years of defeat in Russia and central Europe, Napoleon was faced with the ultimate disaster - an Allied invasion of France itself. The conduct of the intense, fast-moving campaign that followed has been widely hailed as one of his greatest feats as a commander, yet it has rarely been described fully and objectively. Andrew Uffindell, in this gripping and original study, reconstructs the campaign, reassesses Napoleon's military leadership and provides a masterly account of a campaign that helped shape modern Europe.

Hardcover: 336 pages - $31.50
Publisher: Pen and Sword (September 2009)
ISBN-10: 1844159221
ISBN-13: 978-1844159222



By Mike Robinson

The first detailed account in English of the battle that proved the turning point of the Waterloo campaign.

Major Richard Llewellyn, who fought at Quatre Bras, wrote in 1837 that, «Had it not been so closely followed by the ... victory of Waterloo, perhaps the gallant exploits and unexampled bravery that marked that day would ... have excited even more admiration than was actually associated with it.»

The autor unravels the controversies of a battle where commanders made errors of omission and commission and where cowardice rubbed shoulders with heroism. This is the story of a battle that changed a war; of triumph and disaster. It is a story of two great generals, but more importantly, of the intense human experience of those that they led. It is a book that will appeal to both the scholar and the generalist.

Publisher: The History Press - March 2009
Hardback £ 30
Isbn 10: 186 2272905
Isbn 13: 978 2272903




By James Robert Messenger, and William A. Thompson

How does one go about raising children to be future leaders? Can there be fundamental principles to apply that might shape the thinking of a child towards developing the skills and point of view that are critical components of a leader? This book, originally published in 1820 under the title A System of Education for the Infant King of Rome and Other French Princes of the Blood, Drawn Up By The Imperial Council of State, With the Approbation, and Under the Personal Supervision of the Emperor Napoleon, states unequivocally that there is. What makes this work of particular interest is the assertion that this system of education was developed under the auspices of no less than one of the greatest leaders ever to live - Napoleon Bonaparte, the individual generally agreed by historians to be the creator of the modern world as we have come to know it. Rescued from oblivion, there is now a second chance to apply "A System of Education" as a tool for educating new generations of young people for leadership. Guided by these solid principles, young leaders can come to understand what leadership is truly about, can learn why it is important to society, and can study many of the tools that help leaders to lead. Napoleon Bonaparte, 240 years after his birth, remains a truly controversial figure of humanity. But whether one admires or despises the memory of Napoleon Bonaparte, "A System of Education" is still an unparalleled gift to humankind.

Hardcover: 108 pages - $17.95
Publisher: The Alexander Press LLC (August 15, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0914695045
ISBN-13: 978-0914695042



The Emperor and His Doctors on St Helena

By Martin Howard (Author)

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on the island of St. Helena to begin his imprisonment following Waterloo. By 1821 he was dead. During his brief stay, he crossed paths with six medical men, all of whom would be changed by the encounter, whether by court martial, the shame of misdiagnosis, or resulting celebrity. What would seem to be a straightforward post became entangled with politics, as Governor Hudson Lowe became paranoid as to the motivations of each doctor and brought their every move into question. Martin Howard addresses the political pitfalls navigated with varying success by the men who were assigned to care for the most famous man in Europe - the hostility that sprang up between individuals thrown together in isolation, the impossible situations the doctors found themselves in, and the fear of censure when Napoleon finally began to die.

Martin Howard is a hospital consultant and the author of Napoleon’s Doctors and Wellington’s Doctors.

Hardcover: 256 pages - $28.08
Publisher: The History Press (May 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0752448579
ISBN-13: 978-0752448572



Napoleon's Medals: Victory to the Arts

By Richard A. Todd

During his time in power Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned hundreds of medals to be struck to mark the course of his reign; from conquests, successful treaties, and marriage, to the introduction of the smallpox vaccination and an unsuccessful attempt on his own life. Napoleon’s Medals sheds light on this neglected artistic achievement; how Napoleon’s artists displayed the stolen art from his Italian campaign on the medals to glorify his conquests, and used classical models to clothe him with heroic attributes. No previous publication has combined both detailed commentary and colour illustration in addressing this fascinating topic. Richard A. Todd provides a history of Napoleon’s reign through the medallions themselves, aided by insights from Napoleon’s letters, those of his artistic director Vivant Denon, and Le Moniteur, the newspaper of the day.

Richard A. Todd is the author of The Great Emporium: The Low Countries as a Cultural Crossroads in the Renaissance and the Eighteenth Century.

Hardcover: 224 pages - $ 69.35
Publisher: The History Press (July 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0752449990
ISBN-13: 978-0752449999




Napoleon after Waterloo

By J. David Markham

Detailed, Dramatic account of Napoleon's fall from Power.
Insights into the politics and intrigue surrounding his fall powerful portrait of Napoleon after Waterloo

John G Gallaher's review
ArmChair General's review

*Winner of the 2008 INS "Ben Weider President’s Choice" Award

Hardcover, 204 pages, £19.99
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Isbn 184415751-2


The extraordinary memoirs of the emperor's aide and closest confidant

By Armand de Caulaincourt

"I beat the Russians every time," said Napoleon, "but that doesn't get me anywhere."

Armand de Caulaincourt was one of the highest officials in the French Empire, constantly riding at Napoleon's side. His memoirs are hailed as the most accurate and best written eyewitness account of Napoleon's disastrous attempt to conquer Russia. The cycle of Napoleonic conquests ended in Russia's winter of ice and snow. Nowhere is that awful event described as vividly as in these memoirs. Napoleon entered Russia triumphantly on June 18, 1812, with over 500,000 men, while the remnants that staggered back out were merely a few ragged thousand. It was the greatest military disaster in history.

With an introduction by Dr. Jacques-Olivier Boudon, president of the Institut Napoléonon, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne.

David Markham review

Paperback: 390 pages
Publisher: Enigma Books (2008)
Isbn-10: 1929631472
Isbn-13: 978-1929631476

Also available in Hardcover: 369 pages
Publisher: Enigma Books (2003) - $29
Isbn: 1-929631-17-0



By Alexander Mikaberidze

On 7 September 1812 at Borodino, 75 miles west of Moscow, the armies of the Russian and French empires clashed in one of the climactic battles of the Napoleonic Wars. This horrific - and controversial - contest has fascinated historians ever since.

The survival of the Russian army after Borodino was a key factor in Napoleon's eventual defeat and the utter destruction of the French army of 1812. In this thought-provoking new study, Napoleonic historian Alexander Mikaberidze reconsiders the 1812 campaign and retells the terrible story of the Borodino battle as it was seen from the Russian point of view.

His original and painstakingly researched investigation of this critical episode in Napoleon's invasion of Russia provides the reader with a fresh perspective on the battle and a broader understanding of the underlying reasons for the eventual Russian triumph.

David Markham review

*Winner of the 2008 INS Literary Award (2nd)

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Pen and Sword (November 2007) - $31.50
Isbn-10: 1844156036
Isbn-13: 978-1844156030



By Charles Esdaile

Historians of Napoléon Bonaparte must assess his role in causing the wars named after him. Esdaile assigns heavy responsibility to the first consul and self-crowned emperor yet declines to analyze the period in exclusively personal terms. Rather, he develops the intersection between Napoléon’s militaristic proclivities and the international relations on which he dreamed of hammering his name into history. Much of Esdaile’s narrative recounts conflicting agendas of the European powers and dwells particularly on suspicions of Britain by Austria, Prussia, and Russia. In degrees, these powers all pursued their traditional foreign objectives, sparking several wars entirely unrelated to France’s territorial expansion. In consequence, France, spurred by its leader’s lack of political restraint and thirst for conquest, was able to war advantageously against one or two powers at a time until the formation in 1813–15 of the alliance that finally defeated Napoléon. Recapturing the flux of international diplomacy and Napoléon’s congenital rejection of compromise, Esdaile persuasively places the diplomatic foundation to popular military histories about the Napoleonic wars. --Gilbert Taylor

*Winner of the 2008 INS Literary Award (1st)

Hardcover: 656 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult (November 13, 2008) - $20.37
ISBN-10: 0670020303
ISBN-13: 978-0670020300



General Dominique Vandamme

By John G. Gallaher

«Gallaher's biography brings to vivid life the kind of commander on whom the emperor Napoleon dpended for his vitories»
Denis Showalter, author of Tannenburg: Clash of Empires, 1914

«This incredibly valuable work provides scholars and buffs a detailed, readable account of the life and exploits of Dominique Vandamme, one of Napoleon's most reliable and indefatigable generals.»
Frederick C. Schneid author of Napoleon's Conquest of Europe: The war of the Third Coalition

*Winner of the 2008 INS "The President’s Choice" Award

Hard cover, 362 pages
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 978 0 8061 3875 6


BATALLAS CAMPALES DE 1808 (Spanish Book)

By J.J. Sañudo / L. Stampa / J.L. Arcón


A magnificent presentation with incredible photographs and maps -
J. David Markham

49 Euros
Publisher: Valencia, Ediciones Simtak, 2008
46021 Valencia (Spain)
Tel.: +34 - 96 362 41 95
Fax: +34 - 96 344 19 88

Isbn 978-84-931579-7-5


Madame de Staël
The Dangerous Exile

By Angelica Gooden

How does exile beget writing, and writing exile? What kind of writing can both be fuelled by absence and prolong it? Exile, which was meant to imprison her, paradoxically gave Madame de Staël a freedom that enabled her to be as active as dissident as any woman in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries was capable of being. Repeatedly banished for her nonconformism, she felt she had been made to suffer twice over, first for political daring and then for daring, as a woman, to be political (a particularly grave offence in the eyes of the misogynist Napoleon). Yet her outspokenness – in novels, comparative literary studies, and works of political and social theory – made her seem as much a threat outside her beloved France as within it, while her friendship with statesmen, soldiers, and literary figures such as Byron, Fanny Burney, Goethe, and Schiller simply added to her dangerous celebrity. She preached the virtues of liberalism and freedom wherever she went, turning the experiences of her enforced absence into an arsenal to use against all who tried to suppress her. Even Napoleon, perhaps her greatest foe, conceded, from his own exile on St Helena that she would last. Her unremitting activity as a speaker and writer made her into precisely the sort of activist no woman at that time was permitted to be; yet she paradoxically remained a reluctant feminist, seeming even to connive at the inferior status society granted her sex at the same time as vociferously challenging it, and remaining torn by the conflicting demands of public and private life.

Edited: OXFORD United Press – 2008
ISBN 978-0-19-923809-5


William Hazlitt
The First Modern Man

By Duncan Wu

Romanticism is where the modern age begins, and William Hazlitt was its most eloquent spokesman. No one else had the ability to see it whole; no one else knew so many of its politicians, poets and philosophers. Through his pioneering vision we gain access to the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron and Scott, and the great themes of our time: freedom, imagination, and the infinite possibilities of the human spirit.

In his own time, Hazlitt was the supreme communicator, but also a victim. His personal life was full of scandal, and the Tory press condemned him as radical, infidel, Jacobin, and whoremonger. Their government-sponsored smear campaign effectively removed him from public view for decades.

Duncan Wu’s sparkling biography recovers Hazlitt for our time – a restless, passionate idealist whose voice helps us see his times and our own more clearly.

Edited by: Oxford University Press $45.00 US
ISBN: 978-0-19-954958-0


Reimagining Politics after the Terror
The Republican Origins of French Liberalism

By Andrew Jainchill

In the wake of the Terror, France’s political and intellectual elites set out to refound the Republic and, in so doing, reimagined the nature of the political order. They argued vigorously over imperial expansion, constitutional power, personal liberty, and public morality. In Reimagining Politics after the Terror, Andrew Jainchill rewrites the history of the origins of French Liberalism by telling the story of France’s underappreciated “republican moment” during the tumultuous years 1794 and Napoleon’s declaration of a new French Empire in 1804.

Examining a wide range of political and theoretical debates, Jainchill offers a compelling reinterpretation of the political culture of post-Terror France and of the establishment of Napoleon’s Consulate. He also provides new readings of works by the key architects of early French Liberalism, including Germaine de Staël, Benjamin Constant and, in the epilogue, Alexis de Tocqueville. The political culture of the post-Terror period was decisively shaped by the classical republican tradition of the early modern Atlantic world and, as Jainchill persuasively argues, constituted Frances’s “Machiavellian Moment” . Out of this moment, a distinctly French version of liberalism began to take shape. Reimagining Politics after the Terror is ssential reading for anyone concerned with the history of political thought, the origins and nature of French Liberalism, and the end of the French Revolution.

Andrew Jainchill is Assistant Professor of History at Queen’s University.

Edited: Cornell University Press - 2008
Ithaca and London
ISBN: 978-0-8014-4669-6



By Alex Zotov

General Moreau was Napoleon’s N1 rival and personal opponent at least in military sphere during Revolution wars in France.

The great victory of Moreau at Hohenlinden almost shadowed the successes won by Bonapart in Italy. And although Hohenlinden won Moreau fresh laurels, to some degree this success and the promptings of his overambitious wife (and mother-in law as well) let him to overestimate his deserts.

In 1804 Moreau became involved in royalist intrigue, was arrested and exiled after the institution of the Empire. From 1805 till 1813 he lived in USA, at Morrisville, but was induced to return to Europe by representatives of Russian tsar. Moreau intended to collect an army of 100 000 men out of French prisoners of war left in Poland and Russia after the campaign of 1812 and with this force to go to France. He went to Sweden, consulted Bernadotte, then came to Germany. His project not supported by both monarchs, he accompanied Alexander I as military adviser during the battle of Dresden where he was mortally wounded. This remnants were transported to St.Petersburg and buried at St.Catherine Catholic Perish.

Galina Puntusova's review
Andre Ivanov's review

924 pages, 700 ill., 510 col., 49 charts and schemes,
28 letters, including 7 letters of Moreau and one
Napoleon’s note never published before.



By Paul Strathern

In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte, only twenty-eight, set sail for Egypt with 335 ships, 40000 soldiers, and a collection of scholars, artists, and scientists to establish an eastern empire. He saw himself as a liberator, freeing the Egyptians from oppression.. But while Napoleon thought his army would be welcomed as heroes, he tragically misunderstood Muslim culture. Marching across seemingly endless deserts in the shadow of the pyramids, pushed to the limits of human endurance, his men would be plagued by mirages, suicides, and the constant threat of ambush. A crusade begun in honor would end in chaos.

A story of war, adventure, politics, and a clash of cultures, Paul Strathern's Napoleon in Egypt is history at once relevant and impossible to put down.

480 pages,$ 30 US
Publisher: Bantam
Isbn 978 0553 80678 6


Debunking the Myth of the Napoleon Wars

By General Michel Franceschi and Ben Weider

«Placing Napoleon's civil, diplomatic, and military accomplishments in the context of European conterrevolution, Weider and Franceschi take a strong stand against the widely-held image of Napoleon as a war-loving conqueror. Instead, they argue that Napoleon was a man of peace who was forced into war by an implacable Old Regime which viewed him as the incarnation of Revolution.

Broad in scope while sharp in focus, this iconoclastic book is sure to stimulate passionate debate among specialists and non-specialists alike.»

- Professor Rafe Blaufarb, Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, Florida State University

Hardcover, 228 pages, 32.95$
Publisher: Savas Beatie
Isbn 978-1-932714-37-1

A Positive view of Napoleon, a review by J. David Markham
Book review - Four stars, by Gregory Biggs
A review from the «Library Journal Review»



By Denise Z. Davidson

The decades following the French Revolution

Saw unprecedented political and social experimentation. As the Napoleonic and Restoration regimes attempted to build a stable order, ordinary city dwellers began to create their own sense of how society operated through everyday activities. Interactions between men and women – in theaters, cafés, and other public settings – helped to fashion new social norms.

In this extensively researched work, Denise Z. Davidson offers a powerful reevaluation of the effects of the French Revolution, especially on women. Arguing against the view that the Revolution forced women from public realm of informed political discussion, Davidson demonstrates that women remained highly visible in urban public life. Women of all classes moved out of the domestic sphere to participate in the spectacle of city life, inviting frequent commentary on their behavior. This began to change only in the 1820s, when economic and social developments intensified class distinctions and made the bourgeoisie fear the “dangerous classes”.

his book provides an important corrective to prevailing views on the ramifications of the French Revolution, while shedding light on how ordinary people understood, shaped, and contested the social transformations taking place around them.

Edited: Harvard University Press – 2007
ISBN-13 : 978-0-674-02459-5
ISBN-10 : 0-674-02459-1


The Notables and the Nation
The Political Schooling of the French 1787 – 1788

By Vivian R. Gruder

The ending of absolute, centralized monarchy and the beginning of political combat between nobles and commoners make the years 1787 to 1788 the firts stage of the French Revolution. In a detailed examination of the critical transition, Vivian Gruder shows how the French people became engaged in a movement of opposition that culminated in demands for the public’s role in government.

Gruder traces the growing involvement of the French people in the public issues of the day, leading to increased politicization. The debates of The Assembly of Notables in early 1787 aroused public support against the monarchy and in late 1788 confirmed public opposition to the nobility. The media – including newspapers and newsletters, pamphlets, literacy societies, songs, iconography, and festive activities – disseminated messages of opposition and gave voice to popular aspirations for change. At hundreds of community assemblies throughout France in late 1788, people showed remarkable astuteness about such political issues as voting and representation and demonstrated a capacity for mobilization.

The Notables and the Nation contributes to a renewed interest in the political origins of the French Revolution. It argues that a “bourgeois” revolution did take place as a movement for political aspirations and invites us to witness the birth of popular representative government.

Vivian R. Gruder is Professor of History Emerita, Queens College, City University of New York.

Edited: Harvard University Press - 2007
Cambridge, Massachusetts
London, England
ISBN-13 978-0-674-02534-9
ISBN-10: 0-674-02534-2



By Philip Dwyer

Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power was neither inevitable nor smooth; it was full of mistakes, wrong turns, and pitfalls. During his formative years his identity was constantly shifting, his character was ambiguous, and his intentions were often ill defined. As a young and inexperienced general, he covered up his defeats and exaggerated his victories, never hesitating to blame others for his failures and failings. He was, however, highly ambitious, and it was this that advanced his career and social status.

Philip Dwyer examines the fascinating evolution of Napoleon’s character and the means by which, at the age of thirty, he became head of the most powerful country in Europe. Fro his Corsican origins to his French education, from his melancholy youth to his involvement in Corsican political faction-fighting during the French Revolution, from his flirtation with the radicals of the Revolution to his first military campaigns in Italy and Egypt – Dwyer’s richly contextualized narrative covers it all. Ultimately, Dwyer also explores in riveting detail the coup that brought Napoleon to power in 1799.

While most biographers gloss over Napoleon’s childhood and youth, Dwyer focuses on Napoleon’s coming of age in the context of his family and the French conquest of Corsica and Corsica’s struggle for independence.

Dwyer also sheds new light on the darker aspects of Napoleon’s character – his brooding obsessions, potential for violence, and passionate nature: his loves, his ability to inspire others, the capacity to realize his visionary ideals. One of the first truly modern politicians, Napoleon was a master at manipulating the media to project an idealized image of himself that has endured to this day.

In Napoleon: The Path to Power, Philip Dwyer reckons with this image to create a landmark portrait of one of the great figures of modern history.

Philip Dwyer is senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He is author or editor of numerous publications on Napoleonic Europe and is currently writing a biography of Napoleon’s later years.

Edited by: Edited by: Yale University Press
New Haven & London – 2007
ISBN: 978-0-300-13754-5 - $35.00 US


1812 War with America

By Jon Latimer

“With spring came news that the war in Europe was fanally over; Bonaparte abdicated on 11 April (1814) … In America, Federalists rejoiced, assuming the news would herald peace, but Republicans were skeptical. According to reports reaching America, wilder voices in Britain were already calling for a new Indian boundary, exclusion from the Canadian fisheries and British West indies, even the cession of New Orleans or a boundary 10 miles below the Great Lakes; ‘chastisement’ was a word commonly bandied about. America would now have to fight, said the Maryland lawyer and politician Joseph Nicholson, ‘not for free Trade and sailors rights not for the Conquest of the Canadas, but for our national Existence.”

Edited: The Belknap Press of
Harvard University Press – 2007
ISBN-13 : 978-0-674-02584-4
ISBN-10 : 0-674-02584-9
$35.00 US currency



By Michael V. Leggiere

This book tells the story of the invasion of France at the twilight of Napoleon’s empire. With over a million men under arms throughout central Europe, Coalition forces poured over the Rhine River to invade France between late November 1813 and early January 1814. Three principle army groups drove across the great German landmark, smashing the exhausted French forces that attempted to defend the eastern frontier. In less than a month, French forces ingloriously retreated from the Rhine to the Marne; Allied forces were within one week of reaching Paris. This book provides the first complete, English-language study of the invasion of France along a front that extended from Holland to Switzerland.

Book Review by Thomas Zacharis, Greece

686 pages
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007
ISBN-13# 9780521875424


And the woman question

By June K. Burton
Foreword by Suzan P. Cornner

By mining discourses of the era on and between women, June K. Burton uncovers the strategies that Napoleonic women employed to control their lives. She begins with an analysis of Napoleon's personal attitudes about the nature of women.
He did not view them as weak vessels, but rather as industrious and strong, with an important role: as wives and mothers. She discusses France's first national system of midwifery education, women's issues in Napoleonic textbooks, the infanticide controversy, and the prevailing view of the relationship between the physical and the moral in feminine bodies and minds. In addition, she explores women's medicine and surgery of the time with narratives from two patients, Adrienne Noailles Lafayette and Frances Burney d'Arblay.

June K. Burton is associate professor emerita of history at the University of Akron and an associate editor of Historical Dictionary of Napoleonic France, 1799-1815.

Hardcover, 352 pages, 40$
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press, 2007
Isbn-13: 978 0 89672 559 1


As a General

By Jonathon Riley

Among the many biographies of Napoleon and chronological histories of his campaigns, this book is the first to focus on Napoleon as a General. The book opens with a short treatise on generalship in order to define Napoleon's achievement before moving on to the character of the man himself. It examines Napoleon as a strategist, as a coalition commander, Napoleon's campaigns and Napoleon on the battlefield. Areas often ignored in the context of pre-industrial warfare - logistics an counter-insurgency - are also examined. Jonathon Riley proceeds to a detailed examination of three specific case studies, beginning with Napoleon's first essay in generalship and the conquest of Piedmont, Napoleon at the height of his powers at the conquest of Prussia, to Napoleon's final defeats and the Battle of the Nations in 1813.

Jonathan Riley is ideally placed, as a soldier and an historian, to write this definitive book on Napoleon as one of history's most renowned commanders.

Hardcover, 227 pages
Publisher: Hambledon Continuum, 2007
Isbn: 978 184725 180 0


An International History 1803-1815

By Charles Esdaile

No other soldier has provoked as much anger or as much fervor as Napoleon Bonaparte. Was he a monster, driven on by an endless, ruinous quest for military adventure – or was he a social and political visionary, brought down by petty reactionaries clinging to their privileges?

Charles Esdail’s major new work reframes our understanding of Napoleon. Napoleon’s Wars looks beyond the insatiable greed for glory to create a new, genuinely international context for Napoleon’s career. What was it that made the countries of Europe fight each other, for so long and with such devastating results ? the battles themselves Esdaile sees as almost side-effects, the consequences of rulers being willing to take the immense risks of fighting or supporting Napoleon – risks that result in the extinction of entire countries and regimes.

These events ultimately reached into almost every part of the continent, and Esdaile, while giving due weight to the titanic struggle in the central European heartland, Russia and Spain, is as interesting and surprising on the less well-known aspects of the wars, from the Balkans to the Baltic.

Napoleon’s Wars will be as fascinating for those steeped in the subject as for those coming to it for the first time. It makes these astonishing events vivid and disturbing once more.

Hardcover, 622 pages, 30 £ - 55 C$
Publisher:Penguin Group, 2007
Isbn: 978 0 713 99715-6



By Alexander Mikaberidze

On 7 September 1812 at Borodino, 75 miles west of Moscow, the armies of the Russian and French empires clashed in one of the climactic battles of the Napoleonic Wars. Over 250,000 soldiers took part in this massive confrontation and, after a long day of savage fighting, over 70,000 became casualties. This horrific – and controversial – battle has fascinated historians ever since. The French, under Napoleon, won a costly tactical victory and advanced to capture Moscow, but the outcome was not the decisive, war-ending blow Napoleon desperately sought. The survival of the Russian army after Borodino was a key factor in Napoleon’s eventual defeat and the utter destruction of the French army of 1812.

In this thought-provoking new study, Napoleonic historian Alexander Mikaberidze reconsiders the 1812 campaign and retells the terrible story of the Borodino battle as it was seen from the Russian point of view. Using previously unavailable and untranslated Russian memoirs, correspondence and official records, he reconstructs the battle in minute, hour-by-hour detail. He also incorporates into his account French eyewitness testimony which throws new light on the thinking of the French commanders and the conduct of their troops.

His vivid analysis questions common assumptions about some of the notorious episodes in tis day-long battle of attrition – in particular the fight for the Bargration fleches and the remorseless sequence of attack and counter-attack at the Rayevsky redoubt. His narrative gives a powerful insight into the sheer brutality of the close-quarter fighting and the astonishing heroism exhibited by soldiers and officers on both sides.

Hardcover, 276 pages, 25,00 £
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military, 2007
ISBN: 184415603-6




By Michael Crumplin MB FRCS

Based on the author’s exhaustive researches, this is the first dedicated account of the practice of surgery during the pre-anaesthetic and preantiseptic days of the Napoleonic War.
The author, a retired surgeon, captures both the background and the nature of the patients, the experience of wounding and the training of surgeons. The surgeons had to battle against contagion, infection and bleeding, often operating in the most
appalling conditions but in spite of this some of their results were truly remarkable.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Quiller Press, July 2007
ISBN: 1904057942



By Franz Sammut





By Todd Porterfield & Susan L. Siegfried

Napoleon Boanparte conquered France and Europe in the name of liberté, égalité, et fraternité. This was the birth of modern empire, and France’s greatest artists were enlisted for the cause. Staging Empire Focuses on two landmark paintings that celebrated Napoleon’s coronation: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Napoleon I on His Imperial Throne (1806) and Jacques-Louis David’s Le Sacre (1805-7). In an unprecedented collaboration, two scholars investigate these masterpieces in their broad cultural context.
This book is a sumptuously illustrated, extensively documented, analytical tour de force. Coronation pictures may seem to be all about the past, but they were produced to guarantee a future of empire whose military, media, and geopolitical practices are still with us today.

Staging Empire surveys the period’s essential problem of representing authority in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Ingres’s portrait of the new emperor is steeped in archaic symbolism, bolstered by the cult of recently minted relics. The picture’s strangeness, the press’s withering critiques, and the government’s anxious sponsorship are explored. The discussion lays bare the precariousness of modern art and politics and the dangers of cultural independence in the public sphere.

Publication Date: 2006
Cloth Hardback; 287 pages;
Edited by The Pennsylvania State University Press


Imperial Glory
The Bulletins of Napoleon's Grande Armée (1805-1814)

By J. David Markham

* Winner of the 2008 «Count Las Cases» Award

*Winner of the 2003 INS "The Ben Weider President’s Choice" Award

Napoleon's bulletins are of immense historical significance, reporting as they do on all the key battles of Napoleon's campaigns. They contain not only important military information, but fascinating political, social and personal commentaries that are critical to understanding Napoleon the man as well as Napoleon the soldier. Covering the key period between the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 and the collapse of Napoleon's Empire in 1814.

Review 1
Review 2

Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Greenhill Books, February 2006
ISBN: 1853675423


A Model Victory
Waterloo and the Battle for History

By Malcolm Balen

A vivid retelling of the Battle of Waterloo, based on unpublished soldiers' written accounts. There were fifty thousand casualties on the single bloody day of the Battle of Waterloo: killing on the scale of the First World War. In this electrifying account, Malcolm Balen combines extraordinary first-hand accounts of the battle with the story of William Siborne, an officer who wanted to capture the moment of victory by making the perfect model.

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, September 2006
ISBN: 0007160305


Letters from the Battle of Waterloo
Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers

By Gareth Glover

Waterloo is probably the most famous battle in military history. More than 200 previously unpublished accounts by Allied officers who fought at the battle, recounting where they were and what they saw. Glover lets the officers speak for themselves as they reveal exactly what happened on the 16, 17 and 18 June 1815. Until recently, these letters have remained unread in the Siborne papers in the British Library.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Greenhill Books, February 2006
ISBN: 1853675970


To Befriend an Emperor
Betsy Balcombe's Memoirs of Napoleon on St. Helena
By Betsy Balcombe, introduction by J. David Markham

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth "Betsy" Balcombe found life on the remote island of St. Helena intolerably dull until the arrival of a most unusual visitor, Napoleon Bonaparte, one-time master of Europe, now prisoner and exile. Betsy's memoirs recorded in astonishing detail an almost unbelievable story; that of how a precocious teenager and an emperor talked, argued, played, confided and teased their way through grim years of exile on the barren rock of St. Helena.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Ravenhall Books, July 2005
ISBN: 1905043031


Napoleon and Doctor Verling on St. Helena
By J. David Markham

*Winner of the 2005 INS "The Ben Weider President’s Choice" Award

Many books have been written about St. Helena and its most famous resident, the exiled Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The episode has been so intensively researched that it is rare for a fresh, unpublished account to come to light. Yet Dr. James Verling's St. Helena journal is just such a source. Verling was based on St. Helena during Napoleon's imprisonment. Throughout his stay, this young doctor kept a vivid diary of his experiences. Through Verling's eyes we get a fresh view of daily life on the island and of the suspicion-filled society that grew up around Napoleon during his last years.


Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Pen and Sword, December 2005
ISBN: 1844152502


Napoleon for Dummies
By J. David Markham

Not sure what's true about Napoleon? This easy-to-follow guide gets past the stereotypes and introduces you to this extraordinary man's beginnings, accomplishments, and famous romances. It traces Napoleon's rise from Corsican military cadet to Emperor of the French, chronicles his military campaigns, explains the mistakes that led to his removal from power, and explores his lasting impact on Europe and the world.

Ben Weider's review
Alex Grab's review
Alex Zotov's review

Paperback, 364 pages
Publisher: For Dummies, October 2005
ISBN: 0764597981


Napoleon's Army in Russia
The Illustrated Memoirs of Albrecht Adam, 1812
By Jonathan North

In 1812 Napoleon’s magnificent army invaded Russia . Among the half a million men who crossed the border was Albrecht Adam, a former baker, a soldier and, most importantly for us, a military artist of considerable talent. As the army plunged ever deeper into devastated Russia Adam sketched and painted. In all he produced 77 colour plates of the campaign and they are as fresh and dramatic as the day they were produced. They show troops passing along dusty roads, bewildered civilians, battles and their bloody aftermath, burning towns and unchecked destruction.

Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Pen and Sword, May 2005
ISBN: 1844151611


The Myth of the French Bourgeoisie
An Essay on the Social Imaginary, 1750-1850
By Sarah Maza

Who, exactly, were the French bourgeoisie? Unlike the Anglo-Americans, who widely embraced middle-class ideals and values, the French - even the most affluent and conservative - have always rejected and maligned bourgeois values and identity. A challenge to conventional wisdom about modern French history, this book poses broader questions about the role of anti-bourgeois sentiment in French culture, by suggesting parallels between the figures of the bourgeois, the Jew, and the American in the French social imaginary. It is a brilliant and timely foray into our beliefs and fantasies about the social world and our definition of a social class.

Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press, March 2005
ISBN: 0674017692
*also in Hardcover, April 2003, ISBN: 0674010469


The Russian Officer Corps
In the Revoluntionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1792-1815
By Alexander Mikaberidze

*Winner of the 2005 INS Literary Award (1st)

Stunning in its scope and depth of coverage, The Russian Officer Corps consists of more than 800 detailed biographies of the senior Russian officers who commanded troops in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, spanning the critical years of 1792 to 1815.

Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Savas Beatie, January 2005
ISBN: 1932714022


The Man Who Had Been King
The American Exile of Napoleon's Brother Joseph
By Patricia Tyson Stroud

*Winner of the 2005 INS Literary Award (2nd)

It comes as a surprise to most people that Napoleon's brother Joseph spent seventeen years in the United States following Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. In The Man Who Had Been King, Patricia Tyson Stroud has written a rich account - drawing on unpublished Bonaparte family letters - of this American exile, much of it passed in regal splendor high above the banks of the Delaware River in New Jersey.

Hardcover, 269 pages
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, May 2005
ISBN: 0812238729


Celebrations of Sovereignty in Nineteenth-Century France
By Sudhir Hazareesingh

Drawing on a wealth of archival evidence, Sudhir Hazareesingh vividly reconstructs the symbolic richness and political complexity of the Saint-Napoleon festivities in a work that opens up broader questions about the nature of the French state, unity and lines of fracture in society, changing boundaries between public and private spheres, and the role of myth and memory in constructing nationhood.

Hardcover, 322 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press, May 2004
ISBN: 0674013417


Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters (1)
Organization and Personnel
By Ronald Pawly

The 'military machine' by which Napoleon and his indispensable chief of staff Marshal Berthier commanded and controlled his huge armies on campaign numbered some 1,500 officers and men, organized in the different bureaux of his military and civilian 'households' and the army general headquarters. This essential tool of the Emperor's power was designed to provide him, even in a front-line camp, with all the information, technical support and comfort that he enjoyed in his palaces. This fascinating study details the entourage which enabled Napoleon to move hundreds of thousands of troops right across Europe.

Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, August 2004
ISBN: 184176793X


Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow
By Adam Zamoyski

*Winner of the 2004 INS Literary Award (2nd)

The Sunday Times bestselling account of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and eventual retreat from Moscow, events that had a profound effect on the subsequent course of Russian and European history.

Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, June 2004
ISBN: 0007123752


Wellington's Smallest Victory
The Duke, the Model Maker and the Secret of Waterloo
By Peter Hofschroer

The fascinating story of the controversial William Siborne, a British Army lieutenant, and his lifetime obsession with building the greatest monument to the greatest battle of all time, a 37-square-metre model, containing 75,000 tin-lead soldiers, of the Battle of Waterloo (1815).

Press release

Hardcover, 324 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber, January 2004
ISBN: 0571217680
*also in paperback, 240 pages, March 2005, ISBN: 0571217699


The Man Who Shaped Europe
By Ben Weider with Émile Gueguen

A controversial and convincing biography about Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the most extraordinary political and military leaders the world has ever known; exploring the mystery and controversy surrounding his illegitimate birth, the reasons for his bad reputation, his civic and military achievements, his philosophy and character, and the recent discovery of the actual circumstances surrounding his murder by poisoning.


Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Spellmount Publishers, October 2004
ISBN: 1862272239


The Napoleonic Wars
The Rise and Fall of an Empire
By Gregory Fremont-Barnes & Todd Fisher

The Napoleonic Wars saw fighting on an unprecedented scale in Europe and the Americas. It took the wealth of the British Empire, combined with the might of the continental armies, almost two decades to bring down one of the worlds greatest military leaders and the empire that he had created. Napoleon's ultimate defeat was to determine the history of Europe for almost 100 years. From the frozen wastelands of Russia, through the brutal fighting in the Peninsula to the blood-soaked battlefield of Waterloo, this book tells the story of the dramatic rise and fall of the Napoleonic Empire.

Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, April 2004
ISBN: 1841768316


Tocqueville Unveiled
The Historian and His Sources for The Old Regime and the Revolution
By Robert T. Gannett Jr.

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote what remains the essential history of the French Revolution. Drawing on his unprecedented access to Tocqueville's papers - access made possible by the late French historian Francois Furet - Robert T. Gannett Jr. reveals the ingenuity of Tocqueville's analyses of issues such as landownership, administrative centralization, and public opinion in prerevolutionary France.

Hardcover, 260 pages
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, September 2003
ISBN: 0226281086


Napoleon and the Transformation of Europe
European History in Perspective
By Alexander Grab

*Winner of the 2004 INS Literary Award (1st)

Alexander Grab explores the impact of Napoleon's domination throughout his empire and the response of the Europeans to his rule. This important book focuses on the developments and the events in the ten states that comprised the Grand Empire: France itself, Belgium, Germany, The Illyrian Provinces, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. Grab discusses Napoleon's exploitation of occupied Europe and particularly his reform policies, and assesses their success in transforming Europe.

Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, October 2003
ISBN: 0333682750


Imperial Legend
The Mysterious Disappearance of Tsar Alexander I
By Alexis S. Troubetzkoy

One of Russia's greatest emperors, Alexander I presumably died in 1825, at the age of 48. Ever since then, rumors have swirled that the young and vigorous Czar, who carried within him a terrible secret, really staged his death to expiate that sin, and spent the next forty years as a staret; a holy man wandering Russia. Troubetzkoy has spent over 20 years researching the legend, makes a compelling case that the great Alexander and the humble starets were one and the same.

Paperback, 320 pages
Arcade Publishing, February 2003
ISBN: 1559706082
*also in hardcover, 288 pages, February 2002, ISBN: 1559706082


Napoleon's Road to Glory
Triumph, Defeats & Immortality
By J. David Markham

*Winner of the 2004 Napoleonic Society of America "Emperor's Award"

A full biography of Napoleon Bonaparte covering not only his battles and campaigns but the politics, relationships with wives, family and career associates, and his overall importance in history. An understanding of the nature of Napoleon, his successes and failures, his brilliance and his errors, and the general causes of his greatness. A balanced and well-reasoned scholarship at its best.


Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Brassey's UK, May 2003
ISBN: 1857533275


Walks through Napoleon & Josephine's Paris
By Diana Reid Haig

Four historic walks through the streets of Paris commemorate the lives of Napoleon and Josephine in this elegant album. Included are military haunts, the coronation route, great monuments built by the Emperor and, finally, the path that Napoleon's funeral cortege took nearly twenty years after his death. Readers visit the couple's homes of Malmaison and Fontainebleau, restaurants where they dined and the jewelers Napoleon commissioned to make dazzling royal crowns, swords and timepieces.

Boardbook, 150 pages
Publisher: The Little Bookroom, November 2003
ISBN: 1892145251


By Dominique Jamet

*Winner of the 2002 INS "The Ben Weider President’s Choice" Award

Author Dominique Jamet seeks to defend the actions of Napoleon, General, Consul and Emperor, and to place into perspective his acts in the context, climate and spirit of his time.

Hardcover, 210 pages
Publisher: Plon, January 2003
ISBN: 2259193978


German Idealism
The Struggle Against Subjectivism, 1781-1801
By Frederocl C. Beiser

*Winner of the 2003 INS Literary Award (1st)

This work advances and revises our understanding of both the history and the thought of the classical period of German philosophy.

Hardcover, 752 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press, June 2002
ISBN: 0674007697


Napoléon's Incomparable Empress
By Eleanor P. Delorme

*Winner of the 2003 INS Literary Award (1st)

The romance between Joséphine de Beauharnais and Napoléon Bonaparte is one of the most dramatic in history, but the crucial role this beautiful, intelligent woman played in their partnership has never before been completely acknowledged. In this spirited biography, rich in detail and anecdote, Eleanor DeLorme brings the exotic empress to life, revealing how greatly Napoléon confided in "his incomparable Joséphine" and depended on her sense of style to set the tone of his empire.

Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Harry N Abrams, October 2002
ISBN: 0810912295


Napoleon and Berlin
The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813
By Michael V. Leggiere

*Winner of the 2002 INS Literary Award (1st)

At a time when Napoleon needed all his forces to reassert French dominance in Central Europe, why did he fixate on the Prussian capital of Berlin? Instead of concentrating his forces for a decisive showdown with the enemy, he repeatedly detached large numbers of troops, under ineffective commanders, toward the capture of Berlin. In Napoleon and Berlin, Michael V. Leggiere explores Napoleon's almost obsessive desire to capture Berlin and how this strategy ultimately cost him all of Germany.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, April 2002
ISBN: 0806133996


Marlborough as Military Commander
By David G. Chandler

Napoleon, Wellington and the author of this definitive study all consider the Duke of Marlborough to have been the greatest of all British military commanders. David Chandler details and analyses his qualities as a brilliant military leader, contrasting them with the formalised patterns of the warfare of the time, as well as discussing the equally vital diplomacy in which Marlborough came to excel.

Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Penquin Books, February 2001
ISBN: 0141390433
*also in Hardcover, 408 pages, Sarpendon Publishers, February 1997, ISBN: 1885119305


Salamanca 1812
By Rory Muir

*Winner of the 2002 INS Literary Award (2nd)

This book examines in unprecedented detail the battle of Salamanca, a critical British victory that proved crushing to French pride and morale in the Peninsular War (1808-1814). Focusing on the day of the battle, award-winning author Rory Muir conveys the experience of ordinary soldiers on both sides, dissects each phase of the fighting, and explores the crucial decisions each commander made.

Hardcover, 330 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press, September 2001
ISBN: 0300087195


With Napoleon in Russia
The Illustrated Memoirs of Major Faber du Faur, 1812
Edited and translated by Jonathan North

*Winner of the 2001 INS Literary Award (1st)

A unique record of Napoleon's invasion of Russia by Faber du Faur, a talented artist and front-line soldier, combining his detailed, accurate and compelling illustrations of scenes recorded as they actually happened with his vivid and gripping memoirs of the campaign.

Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Greenhill Books, August 2001
ISBN: 1853674540


By David G. Chandler

In this updated reprint of Napoleon, rightly acclaimed as an authoratative yet highly readable account, we learn of the origins, rise to power, triumphs and ultimate downfall of this mercurial and hugely charismatic figure. His great battles, such as Marengo, Austerlitz, the Spanish and Russian Campaigns and, finally, Waterloo are vividly described.

Paperback, 192 pages
Pen and Sword Books, December 2001
ISBN: 0850527503
*also in hardcover, 224 pages, Weidenfeld & N, August 1974, ISBN: 0297765698


Jerome Bonaparte
The Wars Years 1800-1815
By Glenn J. Lamar

*Winner of the 2001 INS Literary Award (2nd)

Napoleon's youngest brother, Jerome, has over the centuries been portrayed as a military commander who was completely incompetent and unimportant to his famous sibling. This first biography of Jerome by an American author utilizes many firsthand accounts of Jerome's abilities that have never before been available to readers in English, as well as archival material that has never been published in any language, to challenge this view. Focussing on the lesser-known theaters of operation from 1800 to the Russian campaign in 1812, this study completes the gaps in the military history of the Napoleonic Wars. As Lamar demonstrates, Jerome was not responsible for the failure of Napoleon's early maneuvers during the invasion of Russia, nor did he lose the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Greenwood Press, March 2000
ISBN: 0313309973



In the service of the Tsar against Napoleon:
The Memoirs of Denis Davidov, 1806-1814
by Denis Vasil'evich Davydov and Gregory Troubetzkoy


Hardcover: 223 pages
Publisher: Stackpole Books; illustrated edition (August 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1853673730
ISBN-13: 978-1853673733


The Hundred Days (Battles and Histories)
By David Chandler

The Battle of Waterloo is one of the most decisive encounters in history. Wellington's victory marked the end of the career of one of the greatest leaders of all time, Napoleon Bonaparte: it also signalled a crucial change in the balance of power in Europe that was to have critical consequences for the rest of the world. The author provides a blow-by-blow account of the battle itself and examines key aspects such as the organisation of both the French and the Allied armies, their tactics, strategy, and weaponry, and their commanders' personalities.

Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, October 1997
ISBN: 1855327163
*also in Hardcover, January 1998, ISBN 0540011703


Assassination at St. Helena Revisited
By Ben Weider & Sten Forshufvud

*Winner of the International Napoleonic Society's
"Golden Laurel" Award

How did Napoleon meet his end? It is a question that has baffled historians and Napoleonic buffs alike. Now, a newly revised, expanded edition of the author's classic work reveals startling new evidence that Napoleon was murdered in exile, and presents the compelling case against the trusted nobleman who was his assassin. This superb volume combines clearly presented scientific evidence with a historical detective story unrivaled in the annals of royal intrigue.

Hardcover, 555 pages
Publisher: Wiley, September 1995
ISBN: 0471126772


Assassination at St. Helena
By Sten Forshufvud & Ben Weider

The most significant homicide detection story ever written gives discovered evidence in startling detail on the cause of the Emperor's death. Use of nuclear science for irradiation of specimens of Napoleon's hair made possible a renewed autopsy. The finding: France's immortal hero had been repeatedly poisoned. Out of a background of the great names and epic events of the Napoleonic era emerges compelling evidence that a Bourbonist count - a man once severely punished by Napoleon but who had become at St. Helena his most trusted, praised and rewarded attendant - was his executioner.

Hardcover, 543 pages
Publisher: Mitchell Press Ltd, 1987
ISBN: 0-88836-028-2


The Murder of Napoleon
By Ben Weider & David Hapgood

Napoleon Bonaparte died while imprisoned on the island of St. Helena. Until very recently, it was widely believed that he died of stomach cancer. This book investigates the case made by Swedish dentist Dr. Sten Forshufvud. After learning the details of Napoleon's final days, Dr. Forshufvud began to suspect arsenic poisoning. Along with Ben Weider, the two delved into sources of available information regarding Napoleon, his imprisonment and those close to him. The authors present a very likely scenario of what really happened based on results of this investigation, along with an analysis of Napoleon's hair confirming arsenic poisoning.


Hardcover, 266 pages
Publisher: Congdon Latt, 1982
ISBN: 0860511723
*also in Paperback, 300 pages, Universe, February 1999, ISBN: 1583481508