Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts

April 7, 2016

napoleon a life (I’m going to just post quickie reviews from now on. I simply read way too many books (400+ per year) to review everything or to go in-depth on any titles.

This one-volume biography of Napoleon by Andrew Roberts has a couple things going for it. First, it’s very readable. For being as long as it is, the narrative never comes to a standstill, and I was always ready to keep moving on. Second, I thought there was a good mix between anecdotes of Napoleon’s personal life and details of his battlefield exploits (I was more interested in the former).

If there was one thing I could have changed, I would have liked to read more about the cultural significance of the Egyptian campaign. While there were several mentions made of artifacts and whatnot being brought back, Roberts didn’t talk about the Rosetta Stone or Champollion’s subsequent work with the piece. This warranted at least a single sentence!

Overall, I give this book 4 stars out of 5.

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