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Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts. The first one-volume biography to take advantage of the publication of Napoleon's 33,000 letters. At last we see him as he was: decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Published in November 2014.
Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams. The rags-to-riches life story of the woman who conquered Napoleon's heart -- and with it, an empire. Published in November 2014.
Wondrous Beauty by Carol Berkin. A biography of Betsy Bonaparte, the belle of Baltimore who married Napoleon's brother Jerome. Published in November 2014.
Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers. Concentrates on the experience of the people of Europe during the time when half of the continent fell under his rule. Published in November 2014.
Napoleon: The End of Glory by Munro Price. This book explores why Napoleon lost his crown, exposing his blindness, intransigence and miscalculations; his preference for war and his declining ability to wage it; and his nearly pathological fear of a dishonorable peace. Published in September 2014.
Napoleon and the Revolution by David P. Jordan. This book argues that Napoleon saved the work of the French Revolution, albeit unintentionally. Published in July 2014.
The Burning of Moscow: Napoleon's Trial by Fire 1812 by Alexander Mikaberidze. Napoleon's month-long stay in Moscow was a pivotal moment in the war of 1812 -- the moment when the initiative swung towards the Tsar's armies and spelled doom for the invading Grand Army. Published in April 2014.
Napoleon by Felix M. Markham. A reconstruction of Napoleon's life based on newly rediscovered documents, including the letters of his wife Marie-Louise.
Napoleon Bonaparte: A Life by Alan Schom. Portrays Napoleon as an evil man and a poor general.
Napoleon: Penguin Lives Biography by Paul Johnson. In Napoleon's insatiable hunger for power, Johnson sees a realist, a brilliant opportunist, and a propagandist.
Napoleon: Man of War, Man of Peace by Timothy Wilson-Smith. A biography that separates and compares the emperor's achievements in war and his legacy in peacetime.
Napoleon: The Path to Power by Philip Dwyer. This biography focuses on the evolution of Napoleon as a leader and debunks myths about him, revealing a ruthless, manipulative, driven man whose character has been disguised by the public image he fashioned.
Napoleon: Conquest, Reform and Reorganization by Clive Emsley. Examines one of the most fascinating and charismatic characters of the 19th century.
Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny by Michael Broers. The first biography of Napoleon that makes full use of the unsanitized version of his correspondence. It reveals a man of intense emotion, iron self-discipline, acute intelligence and immeasurable energy.
Different Points of View
The Boyhood and Youth of Napoleon by Oscar Browning. The formative years between Napoleon's birth in 1796 and the siege of Toulon in 1793, when he established himself on the world stage.
Napoleon: A Political Life by Steven Englund. This biography portrays Napoleon as deeply committed to the French Revolution, not to any specific nationality. The author explores Napoleon's power over the popular imagination, and argues against the theory that Napoleon was poisoned.
Napoleon Against Himself: A Psychobiography by Avner Falk. Considers Napoleon's intellect, emotional life, defensive processes, his family background, infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood, and especially his self-destructive actions.
Napoleon: "My Ambition Was Great" by Thierry Lentz, translated by Laurel Hirsch. A history, illustrated with more than 180 images, including paintings, prints, and maps. Includes excerpts from Napoleon's letters and journals, statements by his contemporaries, and other documents.
Napoleon by R. S. Alexander. How Napoleon's reputation evolved and how it has been altered by such events as the World Wars, and by association with such figures as Hitler and Mussolini.
Napoleon for Dummies by J. David Markham. An accessible guide to the life and legacy of France's most famous leader.
Napoleon (Grandes Biografias Series) by Manuel Saurina Gimenez. A biography in Spanish.
The Decline and Fall of Napoleon's Empire: How the Emperor Self-Destructed by Digby Smith. Highlights Napoleon's military and naval mistakes, diplomatic and political errors, and domestic and economic blunders.
Napoleon (Profiles in Power) by Geoffrey Ellis. Analyzes Napoleon's political career.
The Napoleonic Empire by Geoffrey Ellis. Was Napoleon the heir of the French Revolution, or did he distort and abandon its principles? This book offers a synthesis of the central issues in that debate.
Napoleon - Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography by Alan Forrest. How the son of an attorney became the most powerful man in Europe.
Napoleon and the Art of Diplomacy by William R. Nester. The first comprehensive exploration how Napoleon's diplomatic efforts shaped his military campaigns and the rise and fall of the French empire.
The Legend of Napoleon by Sudhir Hazareesingh. Sheds light on France's fascination with Napoleon's memory and the tenacity of popular affection for him.
Napoleon Bonaparte: Leadership, Strategy, Conflict by Gregory Fremont-Barnes, illustrated by Peter Dennis. Throughout the first decade of the 19th century, Napoleon won battle after battle, but his fortunes changed in 1812.
Napoleon on Project Management by Jerry Manas. Explores the key principles behind Napoleon's successes and the lessons to be learned from his downfall, and applies them to modern-day project management and leadership.
Napoleon on Napoleon: An Autobiography of the Emperor edited by Somerset de Chair. During his exile on St. Helena, Napoleon dictated memoirs, notes, letters and battle commentaries. The result is an account of Napoleon's life in his own words, from his childhood in Corsica to his defeat at Waterloo in 1815.
Clisson & Eugenie by Napoleon Bonaparte, translated by Peter Hicks. Triumphant on the field of battle, Clisson turns his back on worldly success to marry Eugénie, but how long will their love survive? Written when Napoleon was 26, this romance shows how he viewed love, women and military life.
Napoleon on the Art of War by Napoleon I, edited by Jay Luvaas. Provides Napoleon's views on everything, from the preparation of his forces to the organization, planning, and execution of his battles.
The Military Maxims of Napoleon edited by William E. Cairnes and David G. Chandler.
Working with Napoleon: Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by His Private Secretary by Claude François de Méneval. The author was Napoleon's secretary and close confidant from 1802 to 1815. These memoirs were first published in 1894.
Napoleon and His Collaborators: The Making of a Dictatorship by Isser Woloch. Napoleon relied not only on a disciplined army, but also on skillful politicians -- some of whom came to oppose Napoleon's transformation from liberator to tyrant. (Review © Amazon.com.)
Napoleon's Marshals by R. P. Dunn-Pattison. Reveals the bravery, incompetence, loyalty, and strategic brilliance of the opportunity-hungry nobles who helped Napoleon retain the imperial crown. First published in 1909.
The Emperor's Friend: Marshal Jean Lannes by Margaret Scott Chrisawn.
At Napoleon's Side in Russia by Armand De Caulaincourt. The memoirs of one of the highest officials in the French Empire.
Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne. First volume of an illustrated biography of the emperor, written by his private secretary (who was also his boyhood friend). Volume Two, Volume Three, and Volume Four are also available.
Napoleon: His Wives and Women by Christopher Hibbert. About the women behind Napoleon, from his strong-willed mother and three sisters to his wives and mistresses. The emperor had passionate relationships, wildly worshipping certain women while disdaining others.
Napoleon and His Women Friends by Gertrude Aretz. A look at French emperor Napoleon I's sisters, wives, and mistresses.
Napoleon & Marie Louise: The Emperor's Second Wife by Alan Palmer.-Napoleon Bonaparte married Archduchess Marie Louise to obtain an heir and to cement an alliance with the Austrian dynasty. Her life provides an instructive case study in the crisis of European royalty in the turbulent 19th century. (Review © Amazon.com.)
Napoleon and the Woman Question: The Other Sex in French Education, Medicine, and Medical Law by June K. Burton. Examines the lives of women under the Napoleonic regime, and includes an analysis of Napoleon's personal attitudes toward women.
Women Against Napoleon: Historical and Fictional Responses to His Rise and Legacy edited by Waltraud Maeierhofer, Gertrud Roesch, and Caroline Bland. Includes contemporary letters, diaries, and writings, as well as 20th century historical fiction.
Books About Empress Josephine
Napoleon, Symbol for an Age: A Brief History With Documents by Rafe Blaufarb. A collection of primary sources, including confidential memoranda and correspondence, speeches, memoirs, letters, police reports, and songs. Includes maps, illustrations, and a chronology.
Empire Splendor: French Taste in the Age of Napoleon by Bernard Chevallier, photos by Marc Walter. A photographic odyssey through France's most splendid Neoclassical residences, including extravagant chateaus, beautiful urban palaces, and Napoleon's official homes.
Walks Through Napoleon and Josephine's Paris by Diana Reid Haig. This pocket-sized guide leads readers on five walks through Paris. Visit the prison where Josephine was held during the Revolution, restaurants where the couple dined, and more.
Napoleon and the British by Stuart Semmel. Reconstructs the role that the French leader played in the British political, cultural, and religious imagination in the early 19th century.
The Linguist and the Emperor: Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone by Daniel Meyerson. The haunting saga of the Rosetta Stone, which was discovered during the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt.
The Emperor's Last Campaign: A Napoleonic Empire in America by Emilio Ocampo. The Bonapartists who emigrated from France after Napoleon's defeat contemplated a new empire in the Western Hemisphere, with encouragement of the fallen emperor himself and his brother Joseph, former King of Spain, who lived in exile in the United States.
Napoleon's Atlantic: The Impact of Napoleonic Empire in the Atlantic World edited by Christophe Belaubre, Jordana Dym, and John Savage. An introduction to recent scholarship on how Napoleonic wars contributed to post-imperial identities in the Americas.
Jefferson's Great Gamble: The Remarkable Story of Jefferson, Napoleon and the Men Behind the Louisiana Purchase by Charles A. Cerami. How American leaders outwitted Napoleon Bonaparte, the world's most powerful ruler, and secured a new future for the United States.
A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America by John Kukla. How rivalries between Napoleon and other leaders shaped the new American republic.
Napoleon's Troublesome Americans: Franco-American Relations, 1804-1815 by Peter P. Hill. In 1812, the U.S. Congress came within two votes of declaring war on Napoleon Bonaparte's French empire. This book details America's troubled relationship with Napoleon and explains how war was averted.
After the Revolution: Antoine-Jean Gros, Painting and Propaganda Under Napoleon Bonaparte by David O'Brien. A compelling account of a brilliant, sensitive artist working for an increasingly autocratic regime.
Napoleon the Novelist by Andrew Martin. Looks at the French emperor's interest in literature and his attempts to write fiction.
Napoleon and English Romanticism by Simon Bainbridge. Focusing on Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey, Byron and Hazlitt, Bainbridge shows how Romantic writers constructed different Napoleons as part of their political and cultural debate.
Napoleon and the Revolution by David P. Jordan. This new study of Napoleon emphasizes his ties to the French Revolution.
Napoleon's Chicken Marengo: Creating the Myth of the Emperor's Favourite Dish by Andrew Uffindell. How Napoleon, bickering generals, celebrity chefs, adventurers, artists, and eccentrics created a tangle of myths about a chicken dish.
Napoleon, CEO: 6 Principles to Guide & Inspire Modern Leaders by Alan Axelrod. Lessons for aspiring leaders based on the career of Emperor Napoleon I.
Napoleon I: Emperor and Conqueror by Kimberley Heuston. Biography from the "Wicked History" series for readers age 9 to 12.
Napoleon Bonaparte by Elaine Landau. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.
Napoleon: The Story of the Little Corporal by Robert Burleigh. Biographical picture book for children ages 4 to 8.
Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin. Novel for young adult readers about a rebellious girl whose family is reluctantly housing a notorious prisoner: Napoleon Bonaparte.
Napoleon & Josephine: The Sword and the Hummingbird by Gerald and Loretta Hausman. Fiction for young adult readers.
Napoleon and Josephine Paper Dolls by Tom Tierney.
These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.
Napoleon Bonaparte: The Glory of France. From his Corsican origins to his ignominious defeat, trace the life and career of one of the most influential and controversial figures in history. From A&E's "Biography" series.
Napoleon and Wellington. Follow the story of the great military leaders who clashed at Waterloo. Discover the one fateful decision that told the outcome of the see-saw fight.
Napoleon: The Myth, the Battles, the Legend. Documentary. Step inside Napoleon's world through dramatic recreations of key events and large-scale reconstructions of his campaigns. An entertaining portrait of an extraordinary life.
Napoleon. Epic 1927 silent film about the emperor. A classic. Out of print, but sometimes available from Amazon.
The Conquerors: Napoleon's Greatest Victory. A look at Napoleon's stunning victory at Austerlitz.
Napoleon. A 2003 television miniseries featuring Isabella Rossellini, Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich and Christian Clavier.
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