« Tout pour l'Empire » - Instituto Napoleónico México-Francia.

Instituto Napoleónico México Francia.
First Empire Academy for Napoleonic Studies.
Instituto Napoleónico México-Francia - Institut Napoléonien Mexique-France
Eduardo Garzón-Sobrado, fundador.
Gran Bretaña.
Napoleonic books in English Estados Unidos.



By Mike Robinson

The first detailed account in English of the battle that proved the turning point of the Waterloo campaign.

Major Richard Llewellyn, who fought at Quatre Bras, wrote in 1837 that, «Had it not been so closely followed by the victory of Waterloo, perhaps the gallant exploits and unexampled bravery that marked that day would have excited even more admiration than was actually associated with it.»

The autor unravels the controversies of a battle where commanders made errors of omission and commission and where cowardice rubbed shoulders with heroism. This is the story of a battle that changed a war; of triumph and disaster. It is a story of two great generals, but more importantly, of the intense human experience of those that they led. It is a book that will appeal to both the scholar and the generalist.

Publisher: The History Press - March 2009
Hardback £ 30
Isbn 10: 186 2272905
Isbn 13: 978 2272903
email: bparker@thehistorypress.co.uk


Debunking the Myth of the Napoleon Wars
By General Michel Franceschi and Ben Weider

Winner of the 2008 International « Count Las Cases Memorial Prize » Award

« Placing Napoleon's civil, diplomatic, and military accomplishments in the context of European conterrevolution, Weider and Franceschi take a strong stand against the widely-held image of Napoleon as a war-loving conqueror. Instead, they argue that Napoleon was a man of peace who was forced into war by an implacable Old Regime which viewed him as the incarnation of Revolution.

Broad in scope while sharp in focus, this iconoclastic book is sure to stimulate passionate debate among specialists and non-specialists alike. »

- Professor Rafe Blaufarb, Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, Florida State University

Hardcover, 228 pages, 32.95$
Publisher: Savas Beatie
Isbn 978-1-932714-37-1

A Positive view of Napoleon, a review by J. David Markham
Book review - Four stars, by Gregory Biggs
A review from the «Library Journal Review»

Napoleon after Waterloo
By J. David Markham

Detailed, Dramatic account of Napoleon's fall from Power.
Insights into the politics and intrigue surrounding his fall powerful portrait of Napoleon after Waterloo.

John G Gallaher's review
ArmChair General's review

*Winner of the 2008 INS "Ben Weider President’s Choice" Award

Hardcover, 204 pages, £19.99
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Isbn 184415751-2

By Alexander Mikaberidze

On 7 September 1812 at Borodino, 75 miles west of Moscow, the armies of the Russian and French empires clashed in one of the climactic battles of the Napoleonic Wars. This horrific - and controversial - contest has fascinated historians ever since.

The survival of the Russian army after Borodino was a key factor in Napoleon's eventual defeat and the utter destruction of the French army of 1812. In this thought-provoking new study, Napoleonic historian Alexander Mikaberidze reconsiders the 1812 campaign and retells the terrible story of the Borodino battle as it was seen from the Russian point of view.

His original and painstakingly researched investigation of this critical episode in Napoleon's invasion of Russia provides the reader with a fresh perspective on the battle and a broader understanding of the underlying reasons for the eventual Russian triumph.

David Markham review

*Winner of the 2008 INS Literary Award (2nd)

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Pen and Sword (November 2007) - $31.50
ISBN-10: 1844156036
ISBN-13: 978-1844156030

General Dominique Vandamme
By John G. Gallaher

«Gallaher's biography brings to vivid life the kind of commander on whom the emperor Napoleon dpended for his vitories»
Denis Showalter, author of Tannenburg: Clash of Empires, 1914

«This incredibly valuable work provides scholars and buffs a detailed, readable account of the life and exploits of Dominique Vandamme, one of Napoleon's most reliable and indefatigable generals.»
Frederick C. Schneid author of Napoleon's Conquest of Europe: The war of the Third Coalition

*Winner of the 2008 INS "The President’s Choice" Award

Hard cover, 362 pages
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
norman- www.oupress.com
ISBN: 978 0 8061 3875 6

The Dangerous Exile
By Angelica Gooden

How does exile beget writing, and writing exile? What kind of writing can both be fuelled by absence and prolong it? Exile, which was meant to imprison her, paradoxically gave Madame de Staël a freedom that enabled her to be as active as dissident as any woman in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries was capable of being. Repeatedly banished for her nonconformism, she felt she had been made to suffer twice over, first for political daring and then for daring, as a woman, to be political (a particularly grave offence in the eyes of the misogynist Napoleon). Yet her outspokenness – in novels, comparative literary studies, and works of political and social theory – made her seem as much a threat outside her beloved France as within it, while her friendship with statesmen, soldiers, and literary figures such as Byron, Fanny Burney, Goethe, and Schiller simply added to her dangerous celebrity. She preached the virtues of liberalism and freedom wherever she went, turning the experiences of her enforced absence into an arsenal to use against all who tried to suppress her. Even Napoleon, perhaps her greatest foe, conceded, from his own exile on St Helena that she would last. Her unremitting activity as a speaker and writer made her into precisely the sort of activist no woman at that time was permitted to be; yet she paradoxically remained a reluctant feminist, seeming even to connive at the inferior status society granted her sex at the same time as vociferously challenging it, and remaining torn by the conflicting demands of public and private life.

Edited: OXFORD United Press – 2008
ISBN 978-0-19-923809-5

The First Modern Man
By Duncan Wu

Romanticism is where the modern age begins, and William Hazlitt was its most eloquent spokesman. No one else had the ability to see it whole; no one else knew so many of its politicians, poets and philosophers. Through his pioneering vision we gain access to the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron and Scott, and the great themes of our time: freedom, imagination, and the infinite possibilities of the human spirit.

In his own time, Hazlitt was the supreme communicator, but also a victim. His personal life was full of scandal, and the Tory press condemned him as radical, infidel, Jacobin, and whoremonger. Their government-sponsored smear campaign effectively removed him from public view for decades.

Duncan Wu’s sparkling biography recovers Hazlitt for our time – a restless, passionate idealist whose voice helps us see his times and our own more clearly.

Edited by: Oxford University Press $45.00 US
ISBN: 978-0-19-954958-0

The Republican Origins of French Liberalism
By Andrew Jainchill

In the wake of the Terror, France’s political and intellectual elites set out to refound the Republic and, in so doing, reimagined the nature of the political order. They argued vigorously over imperial expansion, constitutional power, personal liberty, and public morality. In Reimagining Politics after the Terror, Andrew Jainchill rewrites the history of the origins of French Liberalism by telling the story of France’s underappreciated “republican moment” during the tumultuous years 1794 and Napoleon’s declaration of a new French Empire in 1804.

Examining a wide range of political and theoretical debates, Jainchill offers a compelling reinterpretation of the political culture of post-Terror France and of the establishment of Napoleon’s Consulate. He also provides new readings of works by the key architects of early French Liberalism, including Germaine de Staël, Benjamin Constant and, in the epilogue, Alexis de Tocqueville. The political culture of the post-Terror period was decisively shaped by the classical republican tradition of the early modern Atlantic world and, as Jainchill persuasively argues, constituted Frances’s “Machiavellian Moment” . Out of this moment, a distinctly French version of liberalism began to take shape. Reimagining Politics after the Terror is ssential reading for anyone concerned with the history of political thought, the origins and nature of French Liberalism, and the end of the French Revolution.

Andrew Jainchill is Assistant Professor of History at Queen’s University.

Edited: Cornell University Press - 2008
Ithaca and London
ISBN: 978-0-8014-4669-6

FORGOTTEN MOREAU (en ruso, pero próximamente traduido al inglés)
By Alex Zotov

General Moreau was Napoleon’s N1 rival and personal opponent at least in military sphere during Revolution wars in France.

The great victory of Moreau at Hohenlinden almost shadowed the successes won by Bonapart in Italy. And although Hohenlinden won Moreau fresh laurels, to some degree this success and the promptings of his overambitious wife (and mother-in law as well) let him to overestimate his deserts.

In 1804 Moreau became involved in royalist intrigue, was arrested and exiled after the institution of the Empire. From 1805 till 1813 he lived in USA, at Morrisville, but was induced to return to Europe by representatives of Russian tsar. Moreau intended to collect an army of 100 000 men out of French prisoners of war left in Poland and Russia after the campaign of 1812 and with this force to go to France. He went to Sweden, consulted Bernadotte, then came to Germany. His project not supported by both monarchs, he accompanied Alexander I as military adviser during the battle of Dresden where he was mortally wounded. This remnants were transported to St.Petersburg and buried at St.Catherine Catholic Perish.

Galina Puntusova's review
André Ivanov's review

924 pages, 700 ill., 510 col., 49 charts and schemes,
28 letters, including 7 letters of Moreau and one
Napoleon’s note never published before.


By Paul Strathern

In 1798, Napoleon, only twenty-eight, set sail for Egypt with 335 ships, 40 000 soldiers, and a collection of scholars, artists, and scientists to establish an eastern empire. He saw himself as a liberator, freeing the Egyptians from oppression.. But while Napoleon thought his army would be welcomed as heroes, he tragically misunderstood Muslim culture. Marching across seemingly endless deserts in the shadow of the pyramids, pushed to the limits of human endurance, his men would be plagued by mirages, suicides, and the constant threat of ambush. A crusade begun in honor would end in chaos.

A story of war, adventure, politics, and a clash of cultures, Paul Strathern's Napoleon in Egypt is history at once relevant and impossible to put down.


480 pages,$ 30 US
Publisher: Bantam
Isbn 978 0553 80678 6


By Denise Z. Davidson

The decades following the French Revolution

Saw unprecedented political and social experimentation. As the Napoleonic and Restoration regimes attempted to build a stable order, ordinary city dwellers began to create their own sense of how society operated through everyday activities. Interactions between men and women – in theaters, cafés, and other public settings – helped to fashion new social norms.

In this extensively researched work, Denise Z. Davidson offers a powerful reevaluation of the effects of the French Revolution, especially on women. Arguing against the view that the Revolution forced women from public realm of informed political discussion, Davidson demonstrates that women remained highly visible in urban public life. Women of all classes moved out of the domestic sphere to participate in the spectacle of city life, inviting frequent commentary on their behavior. This began to change only in the 1820s, when economic and social developments intensified class distinctions and made the bourgeoisie fear the “dangerous classes”.

his book provides an important corrective to prevailing views on the ramifications of the French Revolution, while shedding light on how ordinary people understood, shaped, and contested the social transformations taking place around them.

Edited: Harvard University Press – 2007
ISBN-13 : 978-0-674-02459-5
ISBN-10 : 0-674-02459-1

The Political Schooling of the French 1787 – 1788
By Vivian R. Gruder

The ending of absolute, centralized monarchy and the beginning of political combat between nobles and commoners make the years 1787 to 1788 the firts stage of the French Revolution. In a detailed examination of the critical transition, Vivian Gruder shows how the French people became engaged in a movement of opposition that culminated in demands for the public’s role in government.

Gruder traces the growing involvement of the French people in the public issues of the day, leading to increased politicization. The debates of The Assembly of Notables in early 1787 aroused public support against the monarchy and in late 1788 confirmed public opposition to the nobility. The media – including newspapers and newsletters, pamphlets, literacy societies, songs, iconography, and festive activities – disseminated messages of opposition and gave voice to popular aspirations for change. At hundreds of community assemblies throughout France in late 1788, people showed remarkable astuteness about such political issues as voting and representation and demonstrated a capacity for mobilization.

The Notables and the Nation contributes to a renewed interest in the political origins of the French Revolution. It argues that a “bourgeois” revolution did take place as a movement for political aspirations and invites us to witness the birth of popular representative government.

Vivian R. Gruder is Professor of History Emerita, Queens College, City University of New York.

Edited: Harvard University Press - 2007
Cambridge, Massachusetts
London, England
ISBN-13 978-0-674-02534-9
ISBN-10: 0-674-02534-2

By Philip Dwyer

Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power was neither inevitable nor smooth; it was full of mistakes, wrong turns, and pitfalls. During his formative years his identity was constantly shifting, his character was ambiguous, and his intentions were often ill defined. As a young and inexperienced general, he covered up his defeats and exaggerated his victories, never hesitating to blame others for his failures and failings. He was, however, highly ambitious, and it was this that advanced his career and social status.

Philip Dwyer examines the fascinating evolution of Napoleon’s character and the means by which, at the age of thirty, he became head of the most powerful country in Europe. Fro his Corsican origins to his French education, from his melancholy youth to his involvement in Corsican political faction-fighting during the French Revolution, from his flirtation with the radicals of the Revolution to his first military campaigns in Italy and Egypt – Dwyer’s richly contextualized narrative covers it all. Ultimately, Dwyer also explores in riveting detail the coup that brought Napoleon to power in 1799.

While most biographers gloss over Napoleon’s childhood and youth, Dwyer focuses on Napoleon’s coming of age in the context of his family and the French conquest of Corsica and Corsica’s struggle for independence.

Dwyer also sheds new light on the darker aspects of Napoleon’s character – his brooding obsessions, potential for violence, and passionate nature: his loves, his ability to inspire others, the capacity to realize his visionary ideals. One of the first truly modern politicians, Napoleon was a master at manipulating the media to project an idealized image of himself that has endured to this day.

In Napoleon: The Path to Power, Philip Dwyer reckons with this image to create a landmark portrait of one of the great figures of modern history.

Philip Dwyer is senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He is author or editor of numerous publications on Napoleonic Europe and is currently writing a biography of Napoleon’s later years.

Edited by: Edited by: Yale University Press
New Haven & London – 2007
ISBN: 978-0-300-13754-5 - $35.00 US

By Jon Latimer

“With spring came news that the war in Europe was fanally over; Bonaparte abdicated on 11 April (1814)… In the United States, Federalists rejoiced, assuming the news would herald peace, but Republicans were skeptical. According to reports reaching America, wilder voices in Britain were already calling for a new Indian boundary, exclusion from the Canadian fisheries and British West indies, even the cession of New Orleans or a boundary 10 miles below the Great Lakes; ‘chastisement’ was a word commonly bandied about. America would now have to fight, said the Maryland lawyer and politician Joseph Nicholson, ‘not for free Trade and sailors rights not for the Conquest of the Canadas, but for our national Existence.”

Edited: The Belknap Press of
Harvard University Press – 2007
ISBN-13 : 978-0-674-02584-4
ISBN-10 : 0-674-02584-9
$35.00 US currency

Leer noticia en español.

By Michael V. Leggiere

This book tells the story of the invasion of France at the twilight of Napoleon’s empire. With over a million men under arms throughout central Europe, Coalition forces poured over the Rhine River to invade France between late November 1813 and early January 1814. Three principle army groups drove across the great German landmark, smashing the exhausted French forces that attempted to defend the eastern frontier. In less than a month, French forces ingloriously retreated from the Rhine to the Marne; Allied forces were within one week of reaching Paris. This book provides the first complete, English-language study of the invasion of France along a front that extended from Holland to Switzerland.

Book Review by Thomas Zacharis, Greece

686 pages
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007
ISBN-13# 9780521875424

And the woman question
By June K. Burton
Foreword by Suzan P. Cornner

By mining discourses of the era on and between women, June K. Burton uncovers the strategies that Napoleonic women employed to control their lives. She begins with an analysis of Napoleon's personal attitudes about the nature of women.
He did not view them as weak vessels, but rather as industrious and strong, with an important role: as wives and mothers. She discusses France's first national system of midwifery education, women's issues in Napoleonic textbooks, the infanticide controversy, and the prevailing view of the relationship between the physical and the moral in feminine bodies and minds. In addition, she explores women's medicine and surgery of the time with narratives from two patients, Adrienne Noailles Lafayette and Frances Burney d'Arblay.

June K. Burton is associate professor emerita of history at the University of Akron and an associate editor of Historical Dictionary of Napoleonic France, 1799-1815.

Hardcover, 352 pages, 40$
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press, 2007
Isbn-13: 978 0 89672 559 1

As a General
By Jonathon Riley

Among the many biographies of Napoleon and chronological histories of his campaigns, this book is the first to focus on Napoleon as a General. The book opens with a short treatise on generalship in order to define Napoleon's achievement before moving on to the character of the man himself. It examines Napoleon as a strategist, as a coalition commander, Napoleon's campaigns and Napoleon on the battlefield. Areas often ignored in the context of pre-industrial warfare - logistics an counter-insurgency - are also examined. Jonathon Riley proceeds to a detailed examination of three specific case studies, beginning with Napoleon's first essay in generalship and the conquest of Piedmont, Napoleon at the height of his powers at the conquest of Prussia, to Napoleon's final defeats and the Battle of the Nations in 1813.

Jonathan Riley is ideally placed, as a soldier and an historian, to write this definitive book on Napoleon as one of history's most renowned commanders.

Hardcover, 227 pages
Publisher: Hambledon Continuum, 2007
Isbn: 978 184725 180 0

An International History 1803-1815
By Charles Esdaile

No other soldier has provoked as much anger or as much fervor as Napoleon. Was he a monster, driven on by an endless, ruinous quest for military adventure – or in the contrar ywas he a social and political visionary, brought down by petty reactionaries clinging to their privileges?

Charles Esdail’s major new work reframes our understanding of Napoleon. Napoleon’s Wars looks beyond the insatiable greed for glory to create a new, genuinely international context for Napoleon’s career. What was it that made the countries of Europe fight each other, for so long and with such devastating results? the battles themselves Esdaile sees as almost side-effects, the consequences of rulers being willing to take the immense risks of fighting or supporting Napoleon – risks that result in the extinction of entire countries and regimes.

These events ultimately reached into almost every part of the continent, and Esdaile, while giving due weight to the titanic struggle in the central European heartland, Russia and Spain, is as interesting and surprising on the less well-known aspects of the wars, from the Balkans to the Baltic.

Napoleon’s Wars will be as fascinating for those steeped in the subject as for those coming to it for the first time. It makes these astonishing events vivid and disturbing once more.

Hardcover, 622 pages, 30 £ - 55 C$
Publisher:Penguin Group, 2007
Isbn: 978 0 713 99715-6

By Alexander Mikaberidze

On 7 September 1812 at Borodino, 75 miles west of Moscow, the armies of the Russian and French empires clashed in one of the climactic battles of the Napoleonic Wars. Over 250,000 soldiers took part in this massive confrontation and, after a long day of savage fighting, over 70,000 became casualties. This horrific – and controversial – battle has fascinated historians ever since. The French, under Napoleon, won a costly tactical victory and advanced to capture Moscow, but the outcome was not the decisive, war-ending blow Napoleon desperately sought. The survival of the Russian army after Borodino was a key factor in Napoleon’s eventual defeat and the utter destruction of the French army of 1812.

In this thought-provoking new study, Napoleonic historian Alexander Mikaberidze reconsiders the 1812 campaign and retells the terrible story of the Borodino battle as it was seen from the Russian point of view. Using previously unavailable and untranslated Russian memoirs, correspondence and official records, he reconstructs the battle in minute, hour-by-hour detail. He also incorporates into his account French eyewitness testimony which throws new light on the thinking of the French commanders and the conduct of their troops.

His vivid analysis questions common assumptions about some of the notorious episodes in tis day-long battle of attrition – in particular the fight for the Bargration fleches and the remorseless sequence of attack and counter-attack at the Rayevsky redoubt. His narrative gives a powerful insight into the sheer brutality of the close-quarter fighting and the astonishing heroism exhibited by soldiers and officers on both sides.

Hardcover, 276 pages, 25,00 £
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military, 2007
ISBN: 184415603-6


Surgery in the Napoleonic Wars

By Michael Crumplin MB FRCS

Based on the author’s exhaustive researches, this is the first dedicated account of the practice of surgery during the pre-anaesthetic and preantiseptic days of the Napoleonic War.
The author, a retired surgeon, captures both the background and the nature of the patients, the experience of wounding and the training of surgeons. The surgeons had to battle against contagion, infection and bleeding, often operating in the most
appalling conditions but in spite of this some of their results were truly remarkable.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Quiller Press, July 2007
ISBN: 1904057942


Napoleon, Ingres, and David
By Todd Porterfield & Susan L. Siegfried

Napoleon Boanparte conquered France and Europe in the name of liberté, égalité, et fraternité. This was the birth of modern empire, and France’s greatest artists were enlisted for the cause. Staging Empire Focuses on two landmark paintings that celebrated Napoleon’s coronation: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Napoleon I on His Imperial Throne (1806) and Jacques-Louis David’s Le Sacre (1805-7). In an unprecedented collaboration, two scholars investigate these masterpieces in their broad cultural context.
This book is a sumptuously illustrated, extensively documented, analytical tour de force. Coronation pictures may seem to be all about the past, but they were produced to guarantee a future of empire whose military, media, and geopolitical practices are still with us today.

Staging Empire surveys the period’s essential problem of representing authority in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Ingres’s portrait of the new emperor is steeped in archaic symbolism, bolstered by the cult of recently minted relics. The picture’s strangeness, the press’s withering critiques, and the government’s anxious sponsorship are explored. The discussion lays bare the precariousness of modern art and politics and the dangers of cultural independence in the public sphere.

Publication Date: 2006
Cloth Hardback; 287 pages;
Edited by The Pennsylvania State University Press

2008 International Count Las Cases Memorial Prize  Award

The Bulletins of Napoleon's Grande Armée (1805-1814)
By J. David Markham

Winner of the 2008 International « Count Las Cases Memorial Prize » Award

Winner of the 2003 INS "The Ben Weider President’s Choice" Award

Napoleon's bulletins are of immense historical significance, reporting as they do on all the key battles of Napoleon's campaigns. They contain not only important military information, but fascinating political, social and personal commentaries that are critical to understanding Napoleon the man as well as Napoleon the soldier. Covering the key period between the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 and the collapse of Napoleon's Empire in 1814.

Review 1
Review 2

Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Greenhill Books, February 2006
ISBN: 1853675423

What If Napoleon Bonaparte Side With America?
By Pierre-Michael Combaluzier, FINS

Many historians consider Napoleon Bonaparte as one of the most astonishing rulers who ever lived. His strong leadership and effective strategies brought France to a near domination of Europe . Aside from having a winning record of battles, Napoleon is also remembered for establishing the Napoleonic Code, which influenced the law systems of many other countries. In paying tribute to the historical leader, author Pierre Michel Combaluzier invites readers to take part in a fictional portrayal of the life and times of Napoleon with the release of his compelling new book Napoleon Rising . The text examines what would have happened had Napoleon survived and reached the United States on Christmas Eve of 1820. The story begins when the strongman is rescued from exile by French expatriates and the American government, which is working secretly against the British. As such, Napoleon uses his political connections and family to work with the Americans on a common cause. How much impact would Napoleon make on America 's political scene and global standing? Read the book to find out. With its very unique plot and detailed look at both European and American history, Napoleon Rising is bound to not just entertain curious readers but also spark a new wave of debates concerning history and politics. It brings to life an alternative analysis of history like no other book and readers will be captivated by the author's style of storytelling. 

Publication Date: November 8, 2006
Trade Paperback; $20.99; 159 pages;
Cloth Hardback; $30.99; 159 pages;

Waterloo and the Battle for History

By Malcolm Balen

A vivid retelling of the Battle of Waterloo, based on unpublished soldiers' written accounts. There were fifty thousand casualties on the single bloody day of the Battle of Waterloo: killing on the scale of the First World War. In this electrifying account, Malcolm Balen combines extraordinary first-hand accounts of the battle with the story of William Siborne, an officer who wanted to capture the moment of victory by making the perfect model.

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, September 2006
ISBN: 0007160305

Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers

By Gareth Glover

Waterloo is probably the most famous battle in military history. More than 200 previously unpublished accounts by Allied officers who fought at the battle, recounting where they were and what they saw. Glover lets the officers speak for themselves as they reveal exactly what happened on the 16, 17 and 18 June 1815. Until recently, these letters have remained unread in the Siborne papers in the British Library.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Greenhill Books, February 2006
ISBN: 1853675970


Betsy Balcombe's Memoirs of Napoleon on St. Helena
By Betsy Balcombe, introduction by J. David Markham

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth "Betsy" Balcombe found life on the remote island of St. Helena intolerably dull until the arrival of a most unusual visitor, Napoleon Bonaparte, one-time master of Europe, now prisoner and exile. Betsy's memoirs recorded in astonishing detail an almost unbelievable story; that of how a precocious teenager and an emperor talked, argued, played, confided and teased their way through grim years of exile on the barren rock of St. Helena.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Ravenhall Books, July 2005
ISBN: 1905043031

By J. David Markham

*Winner of the 2005 INS "The Ben Weider President’s Choice" Award

Many books have been written about St. Helena and its most famous resident, the exiled Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The episode has been so intensively researched that it is rare for a fresh, unpublished account to come to light. Yet Dr. James Verling's St. Helena journal is just such a source. Verling was based on St. Helena during Napoleon's imprisonment. Throughout his stay, this young doctor kept a vivid diary of his experiences. Through Verling's eyes we get a fresh view of daily life on the island and of the suspicion-filled society that grew up around Napoleon during his last years.


Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Pen and Sword, December 2005
ISBN: 1844152502

By J. David Markham

Not sure what's true about Napoleon? This easy-to-follow guide gets past the stereotypes and introduces you to this extraordinary man's beginnings, accomplishments, and famous romances. It traces Napoleon's rise from Corsican military cadet to Emperor of the French, chronicles his military campaigns, explains the mistakes that led to his removal from power, and explores his lasting impact on Europe and the world.

Ben Weider's review
Alex Grab's review
Alex Zotov's review

Paperback, 364 pages
Publisher: For Dummies, October 2005
ISBN: 0764597981

The Illustrated Memoirs of Albrecht Adam, 1812

By Jonathan North

In 1812 Napoleon’s magnificent army invaded Russia . Among the half a million men who crossed the border was Albrecht Adam, a former baker, a soldier and, most importantly for us, a military artist of considerable talent. As the army plunged ever deeper into devastated Russia Adam sketched and painted. In all he produced 77 colour plates of the campaign and they are as fresh and dramatic as the day they were produced. They show troops passing along dusty roads, bewildered civilians, battles and their bloody aftermath, burning towns and unchecked destruction.

Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Pen and Sword, May 2005
ISBN: 1844151611

An Essay on the Social Imaginary, 1750-1850

By Sarah Maza

Who, exactly, were the French bourgeoisie? Unlike the Anglo-Americans, who widely embraced middle-class ideals and values, the French - even the most affluent and conservative - have always rejected and maligned bourgeois values and identity. A challenge to conventional wisdom about modern French history, this book poses broader questions about the role of anti-bourgeois sentiment in French culture, by suggesting parallels between the figures of the bourgeois, the Jew, and the American in the French social imaginary. It is a brilliant and timely foray into our beliefs and fantasies about the social world and our definition of a social class.

Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press, March 2005
ISBN: 0674017692
*also in Hardcover, April 2003, ISBN: 0674010469

In the Revoluntionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1792-1815

By Alexander Mikaberidze

*Winner of the 2005 INS Literary Award (1st)

Stunning in its scope and depth of coverage, The Russian Officer Corps consists of more than 800 detailed biographies of the senior Russian officers who commanded troops in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, spanning the critical years of 1792 to 1815.

Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Savas Beatie, January 2005
ISBN: 1932714022

The American Exile of Napoleon's Brother Joseph

By Patricia Tyson Stroud

*Winner of the 2005 INS Literary Award (2nd)

It comes as a surprise to most people that Napoleon's brother Joseph spent seventeen years in the United States following Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. In The Man Who Had Been King, Patricia Tyson Stroud has written a rich account - drawing on unpublished Bonaparte family letters - of this American exile, much of it passed in regal splendor high above the banks of the Delaware River in New Jersey.

Hardcover, 269 pages
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, May 2005
ISBN: 0812238729


Celebrations of Sovereignty in Nineteenth-Century France

By Sudhir Hazareesingh

Drawing on a wealth of archival evidence, Sudhir Hazareesingh vividly reconstructs the symbolic richness and political complexity of the Saint-Napoleon festivities in a work that opens up broader questions about the nature of the French state, unity and lines of fracture in society, changing boundaries between public and private spheres, and the role of myth and memory in constructing nationhood.

Hardcover, 322 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press, May 2004
ISBN: 0674013417

Organization and Personnel
By Ronald Pawly

The 'military machine' by which Napoleon and his indispensable chief of staff Marshal Berthier commanded and controlled his huge armies on campaign numbered some 1,500 officers and men, organized in the different bureaux of his military and civilian 'households' and the army general headquarters. This essential tool of the Emperor's power was designed to provide him, even in a front-line camp, with all the information, technical support and comfort that he enjoyed in his palaces. This fascinating study details the entourage which enabled Napoleon to move hundreds of thousands of troops right across Europe.

Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, August 2004
ISBN: 184176793X

Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow

By Adam Zamoyski

*Winner of the 2004 INS Literary Award (2nd)

The Sunday Times bestselling account of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and eventual retreat from Moscow, events that had a profound effect on the subsequent course of Russian and European history.

Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, June 2004
ISBN: 0007123752

The Duke, the Model Maker and the Secret of Waterloo

By Peter Hofschroer

The fascinating story of the controversial William Siborne, a British Army lieutenant, and his lifetime obsession with building the greatest monument to the greatest battle of all time, a 37-square-metre model, containing 75,000 tin-lead soldiers, of the Battle of Waterloo (1815).

Hardcover, 324 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber, January 2004
ISBN: 0571217680

*also in paperback, 240 pages, March 2005, ISBN: 0571217699

The Man Who Shaped Europe

By Ben Weider with Émile Gueguen

A controversial and convincing biography about Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the most extraordinary political and military leaders the world has ever known; exploring the mystery and controversy surrounding his illegitimate birth, the reasons for his bad reputation, his civic and military achievements, his philosophy and character, and the recent discovery of the actual circumstances surrounding his murder by poisoning.


Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Spellmount Publishers, October 2004
ISBN: 1862272239

The Rise and Fall of an Empire

By Gregory Fremont-Barnes & Todd Fisher

The Napoleonic Wars saw fighting on an unprecedented scale in Europe and the Americas. It took the wealth of the British Empire, combined with the might of the continental armies, almost two decades to bring down one of the worlds greatest military leaders and the empire that he had created. Napoleon's ultimate defeat was to determine the history of Europe for almost 100 years. From the frozen wastelands of Russia, through the brutal fighting in the Peninsula to the blood-soaked battlefield of Waterloo, this book tells the story of the dramatic rise and fall of the Napoleonic Empire.

Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, April 2004
ISBN: 1841768316


The Historian and His Sources for The Old Regime and the Revolution

By Robert T. Gannett Jr.

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote what remains the essential history of the French Revolution. Drawing on his unprecedented access to Tocqueville's papers - access made possible by the late French historian Francois Furet - Robert T. Gannett Jr. reveals the ingenuity of Tocqueville's analyses of issues such as landownership, administrative centralization, and public opinion in prerevolutionary France.

Hardcover, 260 pages
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, September 2003
ISBN: 0226281086

European History in Perspective

By Alexander Grab

*Winner of the 2004 INS Literary Award (1st)

Alexander Grab explores the impact of Napoleon's domination throughout his empire and the response of the Europeans to his rule. This important book focuses on the developments and the events in the ten states that comprised the Grand Empire: France itself, Belgium, Germany, The Illyrian Provinces, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. Grab discusses Napoleon's exploitation of occupied Europe and particularly his reform policies, and assesses their success in transforming Europe.

Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, October 2003
ISBN: 0333682750

The Mysterious Disappearance of Tsar Alexander I

By Alexis S. Troubetzkoy

One of Russia's greatest emperors, Alexander I presumably died in 1825, at the age of 48. Ever since then, rumors have swirled that the young and vigorous Czar, who carried within him a terrible secret, really staged his death to expiate that sin, and spent the next forty years as a staret; a holy man wandering Russia. Troubetzkoy has spent over 20 years researching the legend, makes a compelling case that the great Alexander and the humble starets were one and the same.


Paperback, 320 pages
Arcade Publishing, February 2003
ISBN: 1559706082
*also in hardcover, 288 pages, February 2002, ISBN: 1559706082

Triumph, Defeats & Immortality

By J. David Markham

*Winner of the 2004 Napoleonic Society of America "Emperor's Award"

A full biography of Napoleon Bonaparte covering not only his battles and campaigns but the politics, relationships with wives, family and career associates, and his overall importance in history. An understanding of the nature of Napoleon, his successes and failures, his brilliance and his errors, and the general causes of his greatness. A balanced and well-reasoned scholarship at its best.


Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Brassey's UK, May 2003
ISBN: 1857533275

By Diana Reid Haig

Four historic walks through the streets of Paris commemorate the lives of Napoleon and Josephine in this elegant album. Included are military haunts, the coronation route, great monuments built by the Emperor and, finally, the path that Napoleon's funeral cortege took nearly twenty years after his death. Readers visit the couple's homes of Malmaison and Fontainebleau, restaurants where they dined and the jewelers Napoleon commissioned to make dazzling royal crowns, swords and timepieces.

Boardbook, 150 pages
Publisher: The Little Bookroom, November 2003
ISBN: 1892145251

By Dominique Jamet

*Winner of the 2002 INS "The Ben Weider President’s Choice" Award

Author Dominique Jamet seeks to defend the actions of Napoleon, General, Consul and Emperor, and to place into perspective his acts in the context, climate and spirit of his time.

Hardcover, 210 pages
Publisher: Plon, January 2003
ISBN: 2259193978


The Struggle Against Subjectivism, 1781-1801
By Frederocl C. Beiser

*Winner of the 2003 INS Literary Award (1st)

This work advances and revises our understanding of both the history and the thought of the classical period of German philosophy.

Hardcover, 752 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press, June 2002
ISBN: 0674007697

Napoléon's Incomparable Empress

By Eleanor P. Delorme

*Winner of the 2003 INS Literary Award (1st)

The romance between Joséphine de Beauharnais and Napoléon Bonaparte is one of the most dramatic in history, but the crucial role this beautiful, intelligent woman played in their partnership has never before been completely acknowledged. In this spirited biography, rich in detail and anecdote, Eleanor DeLorme brings the exotic empress to life, revealing how greatly Napoléon confided in "his incomparable Joséphine" and depended on her sense of style to set the tone of his empire.

Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Harry N Abrams, October 2002
ISBN: 0810912295

The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813

By Michael V. Leggiere

*Winner of the 2002 INS Literary Award (1st)

At a time when Napoleon needed all his forces to reassert French dominance in Central Europe, why did he fixate on the Prussian capital of Berlin? Instead of concentrating his forces for a decisive showdown with the enemy, he repeatedly detached large numbers of troops, under ineffective commanders, toward the capture of Berlin. In Napoleon and Berlin, Michael V. Leggiere explores Napoleon's almost obsessive desire to capture Berlin and how this strategy ultimately cost him all of Germany.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, April 2002
ISBN: 0806133996


By David G. Chandler

Napoleon, Wellington and the author of this definitive study all consider the Duke of Marlborough to have been the greatest of all British military commanders. David Chandler details and analyses his qualities as a brilliant military leader, contrasting them with the formalised patterns of the warfare of the time, as well as discussing the equally vital diplomacy in which Marlborough came to excel.

Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Penquin Books, February 2001
ISBN: 0141390433
*also in Hardcover, 408 pages, Sarpendon Publishers, February 1997, ISBN: 1885119305

By Rory Muir

*Winner of the 2002 INS Literary Award (2nd)

This book examines in unprecedented detail the battle of Salamanca, a critical British victory that proved crushing to French pride and morale in the Peninsular War (1808-1814). Focusing on the day of the battle, award-winning author Rory Muir conveys the experience of ordinary soldiers on both sides, dissects each phase of the fighting, and explores the crucial decisions each commander made.

Hardcover, 330 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press, September 2001
ISBN: 0300087195

The Illustrated Memoirs of Major Faber du Faur, 1812

Edited and translated by Jonathan North

*Winner of the 2001 INS Literary Award (1st)

A unique record of Napoleon's invasion of Russia by Faber du Faur, a talented artist and front-line soldier, combining his detailed, accurate and compelling illustrations of scenes recorded as they actually happened with his vivid and gripping memoirs of the campaign.

Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Greenhill Books, August 2001
ISBN: 1853674540

By David G. Chandler

In this updated reprint of Napoleon, rightly acclaimed as an authoratative yet highly readable account, we learn of the origins, rise to power, triumphs and ultimate downfall of this mercurial and hugely charismatic figure. His great battles, such as Marengo, Austerlitz, the Spanish and Russian Campaigns and, finally, Waterloo are vividly described.

Paperback, 192 pages
Pen and Sword Books, December 2001
ISBN: 0850527503

*also in hardcover, 224 pages, Weidenfeld & N, August 1974, ISBN: 0297765698


The Wars Years 1800-1815

By Glenn J. Lamar

*Winner of the 2001 INS Literary Award (2nd)

Napoleon's youngest brother, Jerome, has over the centuries been portrayed as a military commander who was completely incompetent and unimportant to his famous sibling. This first biography of Jerome by an American author utilizes many firsthand accounts of Jerome's abilities that have never before been available to readers in English, as well as archival material that has never been published in any language, to challenge this view. Focussing on the lesser-known theaters of operation from 1800 to the Russian campaign in 1812, this study completes the gaps in the military history of the Napoleonic Wars. As Lamar demonstrates, Jerome was not responsible for the failure of Napoleon's early maneuvers during the invasion of Russia, nor did he lose the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Greenwood Press, March 2000
ISBN: 0313309973


The Hundred Days (Battles and Histories)

By David Chandler

The Battle of Waterloo is one of the most decisive encounters in history. Wellington's victory marked the end of the career of one of the greatest leaders of all time, Napoleon Bonaparte: it also signalled a crucial change in the balance of power in Europe that was to have critical consequences for the rest of the world. The author provides a blow-by-blow account of the battle itself and examines key aspects such as the organisation of both the French and the Allied armies, their tactics, strategy, and weaponry, and their commanders' personalities.

Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, October 1997
ISBN: 1855327163
*also in Hardcover, January 1998, ISBN 0540011703


By Ben Weider & Sten Forshufvud

*Winner of the International Napoleonic Society's
"Golden Laurel" Award

How did Napoleon meet his end? It is a question that has baffled historians and Napoleonic buffs alike. Now, a newly revised, expanded edition of the author's classic work reveals startling new evidence that Napoleon was murdered in exile, and presents the compelling case against the trusted nobleman who was his assassin. This superb volume combines clearly presented scientific evidence with a historical detective story unrivaled in the annals of royal intrigue.

Hardcover, 555 pages
Publisher: Wiley, September 1995
ISBN: 0471126772


By Sten Forshufvud & Ben Weider

The most significant homicide detection story ever written gives discovered evidence in startling detail on the cause of the Emperor's death. Use of nuclear science for irradiation of specimens of Napoleon's hair made possible a renewed autopsy. The finding: France's immortal hero had been repeatedly poisoned. Out of a background of the great names and epic events of the Napoleonic era emerges compelling evidence that a Bourbonist count - a man once severely punished by Napoleon but who had become at St. Helena his most trusted, praised and rewarded attendant - was his executioner.

Hardcover, 543 pages
Publisher: Mitchell Press Ltd, 1987
ISBN: 0-88836-028-2


By Ben Weider & David Hapgood

Napoleon Bonaparte died while imprisoned on the island of St. Helena. Until very recently, it was widely believed that he died of stomach cancer. This book investigates the case made by Swedish dentist Dr. Sten Forshufvud. After learning the details of Napoleon's final days, Dr. Forshufvud began to suspect arsenic poisoning. Along with Ben Weider, the two delved into sources of available information regarding Napoleon, his imprisonment and those close to him. The authors present a very likely scenario of what really happened based on results of this investigation, along with an analysis of Napoleon's hair confirming arsenic poisoning.


Hardcover, 266 pages
Publisher: Congdon Latt, 1982
ISBN: 0860511723
*also in Paperback, 300 pages, Universe, February 1999, ISBN: 1583481508