Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Needed: A Recommendation for a Book on the Napoleonic Wars


  1. What kind of book?

    A general history of the whole period, including the political, diplomatic, and dynastic maneuvers?

    A military history of the whole period, including, but not restricted to Napoleon's campaigns?

    A discussion of military tactics, equipment, and methods in the period, and how they changed?

    A good discussion of some important campaign or battle?

    A biography or memoir of someone who was deeply involved in Napoleon's wars? I.e. the Emperor himself, or one of the Marshals, or Wellington, or a Polish lancer who served in campaigns from Russia to Portugal?

    I ask because I am acquainted with some really serious Napoleon buffs - one of whom ran a publishing company specializing in Napoleonic history. If I ask them, they can point to the best works in each of these categories.

  2. weapons and tactics not so interested. The politics and an overview of the various campaigns.

  3. The best book on Napoleon's military campaigns is David Chandler's Campaigns of Napoleon https://www.amazon.com/Campaigns-Napoleon-David-G-Chandler/dp/0025236601/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473227807&sr=8-1&keywords=campaigns+of+napoleon

    I've read a lot of biographies of Napoleon but never been satisfied with any particular one.

  4. Probably not what you are looking for, but the best, most entertaining books I have read that took place during the Napoleonic wars was C.S. Foresters Horatio Hornblower series.

    I know. They are not a history or a political treatise but a damn good read nonetheless.