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Napoleon , A Biography by Frank McLynn,
This review is from: Napoleon (Paperback)
I have just finished reading this book, I found it a good read. Most of my background has come having to study the French revolution for A level history in the 1970's.
The story flows well and gives a good insight into the person, I do not think it went into too much "Jungian psychobabble". What comes over as a person who dragged himself by his own efforts, allbeit with help from some influential friends / protectors. Obviously he was stuck with his family, what a bunch of ingrates they were! Most of his marshals do not come out of it very well. I felt the author was too dismissive of Wellington, logistics do play a vital role in warfare. The tactics may be wonderful, but without good logistics, the best laid plans come to nought.Napoleon got out of his depth in Russia with poor back up.
Britain's conduct as Napoleon's jailer left me with the feeling of how petty they were.
The book probably falls short of Napoleonic specialists' expectations, but it gives a good insight into the man. Nevertheless, recommended reading as a primer on the subject.