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I want to read about Napoleon, but there are too many books to choose from ... any recommendations? I'm not looking for something too scholarly.

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cool Napoleon Bonaparte: A Life by Alan Schom. This is a fairly extensive biography that includes detailed descriptions of the battles as well as interesting tidbits from outside his military career. Be warned...this book is HUGE (like 800+ pages), but I quite enjoyed it. cool
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Vincent Cronin's Napoleon. This is hard to find, though.

David Chandler's Campaigns of Napoleon is the definitive history. It is scholarly, but worth it.
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0815412134/ref=pd_cp_b_0?pf...

"Napoleon's Marshalls" provides a portrait of the man through the reflection of those who served him. An excellent read, it goes into the history of the period and also deals with Nappie as the leading character. One of my favorite books.
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My comments are really not about Naploeon the man, but rather the military side of the Napoleonic wars (e.g. not political analysis or biography) ...

Chandler's The Campaigns of Napoleon is a huge and very detailed book. So I think it might be too heavy-weight.

For a lighter, but still very good, high-level introduction to the Napoleonic wars (still the military side of things), look at Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon by Gunter E. Rothenberg.
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I've been enjoying the Napoleon Podcast at work. It's co-hosted by David Markham who wrote Napoleon for Dummies. Certainly not too scholarly.
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tedhkim wrote:
For a lighter, but still very good, high-level introduction to the Napoleonic wars (still the military side of things), look at Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon by Gunter E. Rothenberg.


This book is great; discusses all the battles/era in a kind of summary and then moves on to how the soldiers fought on the battlefield. Great overview for someone who doesn't know much, I am really enjoying it and it adds a lot of color to my Field Commander Napoleon game.
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robbydee wrote:
I want to read about Napoleon, but there are too many books to choose from ... any recommendations? I'm not looking for something too scholarly.

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I need to know what particular aspect you're looking to cover.

Are you curious about his military career? Politics? Impact on culture and society throughout Europe? Diplomatic History? What?

For a basic biography, you're not going to find much better than Vincent Cronin's Napoleon (1971).

If you're looking for a political biography, I'd go with Steven Englund's Napoleon: A Political Life (2004).

If you're looking for more wargamery stuff, Esposito and Eltings A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars is a good overview.

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BookandGame wrote:
I've been enjoying the Napoleon Podcast at work. It's co-hosted by David Markham who wrote Napoleon for Dummies. Certainly not too scholarly.


That's a great podcast. David Markham also wrote "Napoleon for Dummies" and is the head of the Napoleonic Society of America. The Dummies book is very good and a good read.

Campaigns of Napoleon, however, is very accessible and is the go to book for anyone who wants a thorough overview of the man and his military campaigns.
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...what?...wrong Napoleon?...Dang!
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If you just want to make the pastry, I recommend a cookbook.
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No matter what, stay away from Paul Johnson's short biography. It is a hatchet job littered with errors. Stendahl's account of his life is in fragments, but they are brilliant fragments. Felix Markham's short biography is a good and fair introduction to the man. Fair is an important word here. Napoleon is often either reviled or worshiped. As a rule stay away from most British and French historians. They are usually biased, with the limey's taking the "ogre" and "proto-Hitler" line and the Frogs usually making him into a tragic genius/visionary. Neither fits the actual facts, but it makes for good chest thumping I suppose.

Or wait for my Napoleon geeklist. I'm still piecing it together, but I plan to make it one for the ages.
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I only have had the 'confectionery delight' called as such, and it was 'quite exquisite' at this! cool
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KissaTaikuri wrote:
MisterCranky wrote:
If you just want to make the pastry, I recommend a cookbook.


Now that's just lazy, you could've at least provided a link. shake

http://www.amazon.com/Tartine-Elisabeth-Prueitt/dp/081185150...

http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Boulangerie-Patisserie-Thirteen-...


Well I certainly don't recommend either of those. The first contains no instances of the word "napoleon", while the second is universally reviled for recipes that don't produce anything either tasty or resembling the photos in the book.

If I'm forced to commit, I'll go with "Professional Baking" by Wayne Gisslen.
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Not a biography, but a decent read is How Far from Austerlitz by Alistair Horne (St, Martin's, New York, 1996).

It originally began as one of those annoying 'coffee table books' that are often more glitzy than historic. Horne liked the text, however, and would expand that into this volume, which is a nice and concise narrative of the 1805-1815 war years.
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Comrade_Sarayev wrote:
Not a biography, but a decent read is How Far from Austerlitz by Alistair Horne (St, Martin's, New York, 1996).

It originally began as one of those annoying 'coffee table books' that are often more glitzy than historic. Horne liked the text, however, and would expand that into this volume, which is a nice and concise narrative of the 1805-1815 war years.


I didn't care for that book outside of the part on Austerlitz. The rest seemed like the usual Napoleon bashing you get from the British.
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