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In the Words of Napoleon (ePub)

The Emperor Day by Day

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Edited by R.M. Johnston
Frontline Books
Series: The Napoleonic Library
File Size: 899.7 KB (.epub)
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781473882799
eBook Released: 7th February 2017

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‘ . . . a powerful portrait of a complex individual. It uses Napoleon’s own words to show his genius, arrogance, insecurities, and frustrations. The reader will be amazed by Napoleon’s attention to detail, from those of pressing national interests to the mundane (such as the problem of heartbroken soldiers in his guard.) . . . This makes it an invaluable reference book that should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the period.’
Rob Burnham, Editor, Napoleon Series


In the words of Napoleon is a startling insight into the life and deeds of Napoleon I. Derived from Napoleon’s extensive correspondence and his other writings and recorded speech, this valuable compilation acts as a diary or journal, encompassing the whole of the emperor’s life. Napoleon’s words – as recorded on a particular day – are set down as ‘entries’, and these offer a unique glimpse into the major events of the Napoleonic period.

The diary reveals Napoleon’s thoughts and actions as his great life unfolded and throws light on his attitudes to war, politics and the many varied personalities who surrounded – or opposed – him. As entries appear on an almost daily basis, the reader has the opportunity to trace the surging course of events as they happened, and to witness the emperor’s response to the rise and fall of his fortunes.

Philip Haythornthwaite provides a fascinating introduction which analyses Napoleon’s words, and includes biographical sketches of the key personalities of the era.

This is an interested idea, and an entertaining read.

Read the complete review here.

History of War, John Rickard

This engrossing compilation acts as a diary or journal, encompassing the whole of the emperor’s life. Napoleon’s words – as recorded on a particular day – are set down as ‘entries’, and these offer a unique glimpse into the major events of the Napoleonic period. The diary reveals Napoleon’s thoughts and actions as his life unfolded and throws light on his attitudes to war, politics and the many varied personalities who surrounded – or opposed – him

Julian Stockwin action-adventure historical fiction

In this book, subtitled A Diary of Napoleon’s Life 1769-1821, Napoleon’s own words – as recorded on a particular day – are set down as ‘entries’ and offer a year by year insight into the major events of the Napoleonic Wars. The diary reveals the Emperor’s thoughts and actions as his life unfolded and throws light on his attitude to war, politics and the many varied personalities who either surrounded, or opposed, him. As the entries appear on an almost daily basis, the reader has the opportunity to see the course of events as they happened, as well as witnessing Napoleon’s response to the rise and fall of his fortunes, in addition to appreciating his continued attention to detail. This really is fascinating stuff and an excellent introduction is provided by noted military historian Philip Haythornthwaite in which he analyses Napoleon’s words and includes biographical sketches of the leading characters of the time. Biographical notes also support the main text, but there are neither illustrations nor maps. The book was first published in 2002 and has now been republished in 2015.

Reviewed by Stuart Asquith, author
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