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Old April 20th, 2016, 08:00 PM   #11

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The version of Roberts' book that I read was called Napoleon the Great, which I suppose in just the title alone suggests that Roberts will be taking a positive view of Napoleon. To be honest I find biographies that don't at least slightly take a side to be a bit boring and un-involving, though I dislike too heavy a bias. I feel that Roberts - while certainly being a big fan of Napoleon - was fairly even-handed. He condemned Napoleon's harsher actions in Syria like the Jaffa Massacre, and he also was very critical of Napoleon's failures at Waterloo as well as his hypocrisies in allowing his incompetent family members to hold high titles.
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Old May 8th, 2016, 03:38 AM   #12
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A helpful discussion indeed. I have thought about getting Andrew Roberts' book on Napoleon after seeing the' Napoleon the Great ? ' debate with Adam Zamoyski on You Tube.

Currently reading the first volume of 'The Rise and Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte' by Robert Asprey which seems to be fairly pro- Napoleon but I have only reached the end of 1799 in this book.
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Just finished Roberts' Napoleon. I liked it, as it told us a good deal about Napoleon the man, and it was a nice, easy read, in terms of style (though it was long).

I was actually surprised by how objective it was in most regards, and the author certainly wasn't afraid of being critical. I can't say that the book has actually made me like Napoleon more though, as he put in so many quotes from the man, and God, half of what Napoleon said were things that I have a difficult time respecting.
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