The Age of Napoleon

The Age of Napoleon

THE AGE OF NAPOLEON is the biography of an enigmatic and legendary personality as well as the portrait of an entire age. J. Christopher Herold tells the fascinating story of the Napoleonic world in all its aspects ? political, cultural, military, commercial, and social. Napoleon?s rise from common origins to enormous political and military power, as well as his ultimate de THE AGE OF NAPOLEON is the biography of an enigmatic and legendary personality as well as the portrait of an entire a...

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Title:The Age of Napoleon
Author:J. Christopher Herold
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Horizon Book of The Age Of Napoleon
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

The Age of Napoleon Reviews

  • Lars
    May 24, 2007

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

    Wish I had read this book back when I got it which was likely about the time it was published. There is a great deal of history that I was missing. In approximately 1963 I had the opportunity to read a book (more like a pamphlet) titled "Napoleon in Victory and Defeat" by Lt Col Stacey...

    This book is a largely successful attempt to paint the Napoleonic Era?s impact on the world as well as on France. Necessarily, it is sketchy and at times numbing in its detail. But it is the first time I have been able to visualize the impact of Napoleon on all the continents, from A...

    I really enjoyed this book because it balanced information about Napoleon with the times that he lived in. I wanted to avoid the Napoleon biographies which seem to talk a lot about his family relationships and try to psychoanalyze his decisions and relationships. Herold gives a lot of ...

    As the title implies, this book is less a conventional biography of Napoleon than a survey of the age he lived in and his impact on events, particularly in Europe. The last chapter, on his "Legacy and Legend", was the most instructive. The chapter about the "Spanish Ordeal" was perhaps...

    Was Napoleon a brilliant military general, or an egotistic madman. Perhaps he was all of the above. He fancied himself as another Alexander the Great or Caesar. His empire covering all of Europe up to the Russian border. He nearly made it too. Loved the author's style of writing and hi...

    This book was quite a surprise--it was very well written and really captured some of the interesting human details of Napoleon's life. It was not at all dry and I think it shows quite well how personality, psychology etc. really play into world events specifically through leadership. ...

  • Zhubin
    Nov 27, 2007

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

    Wish I had read this book back when I got it which was likely about the time it was published. There is a great deal of history that I was missing. In approximately 1963 I had the opportunity to read a book (more like a pamphlet) titled "Napoleon in Victory and Defeat" by Lt Col Stacey...

    This book is a largely successful attempt to paint the Napoleonic Era?s impact on the world as well as on France. Necessarily, it is sketchy and at times numbing in its detail. But it is the first time I have been able to visualize the impact of Napoleon on all the continents, from A...

    I really enjoyed this book because it balanced information about Napoleon with the times that he lived in. I wanted to avoid the Napoleon biographies which seem to talk a lot about his family relationships and try to psychoanalyze his decisions and relationships. Herold gives a lot of ...

    As the title implies, this book is less a conventional biography of Napoleon than a survey of the age he lived in and his impact on events, particularly in Europe. The last chapter, on his "Legacy and Legend", was the most instructive. The chapter about the "Spanish Ordeal" was perhaps...

    Was Napoleon a brilliant military general, or an egotistic madman. Perhaps he was all of the above. He fancied himself as another Alexander the Great or Caesar. His empire covering all of Europe up to the Russian border. He nearly made it too. Loved the author's style of writing and hi...

    This book was quite a surprise--it was very well written and really captured some of the interesting human details of Napoleon's life. It was not at all dry and I think it shows quite well how personality, psychology etc. really play into world events specifically through leadership. ...

    I only had a vague romantic notion of Napoleon. This book fleshed out my view of him. I do believe that the author portrays a particular point of view. This is undoubtedly true for all history but seems particularly true here. Well written. ...

    A good look into the time in history that was dominated by Napoleon. ...

    This is the best book on Napoleon ever. A great progressive perspective on him and on the era in general, and also surprisingly dryly witty. ...

  • Riley
    Aug 13, 2017

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

  • Robert
    Jul 04, 2012

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

  • Greg
    Jun 20, 2016

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

  • Mikey B.
    Oct 31, 2012

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

  • Erik
    Dec 22, 2008

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

    Wish I had read this book back when I got it which was likely about the time it was published. There is a great deal of history that I was missing. In approximately 1963 I had the opportunity to read a book (more like a pamphlet) titled "Napoleon in Victory and Defeat" by Lt Col Stacey...

    This book is a largely successful attempt to paint the Napoleonic Era?s impact on the world as well as on France. Necessarily, it is sketchy and at times numbing in its detail. But it is the first time I have been able to visualize the impact of Napoleon on all the continents, from A...

    I really enjoyed this book because it balanced information about Napoleon with the times that he lived in. I wanted to avoid the Napoleon biographies which seem to talk a lot about his family relationships and try to psychoanalyze his decisions and relationships. Herold gives a lot of ...

    As the title implies, this book is less a conventional biography of Napoleon than a survey of the age he lived in and his impact on events, particularly in Europe. The last chapter, on his "Legacy and Legend", was the most instructive. The chapter about the "Spanish Ordeal" was perhaps...

    Was Napoleon a brilliant military general, or an egotistic madman. Perhaps he was all of the above. He fancied himself as another Alexander the Great or Caesar. His empire covering all of Europe up to the Russian border. He nearly made it too. Loved the author's style of writing and hi...

    This book was quite a surprise--it was very well written and really captured some of the interesting human details of Napoleon's life. It was not at all dry and I think it shows quite well how personality, psychology etc. really play into world events specifically through leadership. ...

    I only had a vague romantic notion of Napoleon. This book fleshed out my view of him. I do believe that the author portrays a particular point of view. This is undoubtedly true for all history but seems particularly true here. Well written. ...

    A good look into the time in history that was dominated by Napoleon. ...

  • Philip
    Jan 04, 2017

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

    Wish I had read this book back when I got it which was likely about the time it was published. There is a great deal of history that I was missing. In approximately 1963 I had the opportunity to read a book (more like a pamphlet) titled "Napoleon in Victory and Defeat" by Lt Col Stacey...

    This book is a largely successful attempt to paint the Napoleonic Era?s impact on the world as well as on France. Necessarily, it is sketchy and at times numbing in its detail. But it is the first time I have been able to visualize the impact of Napoleon on all the continents, from A...

  • Daniel Villines
    Nov 30, 2009

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

  • Robert Allen
    Feb 13, 2011

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

  • Steve Van Slyke
    Oct 08, 2010

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

    Wish I had read this book back when I got it which was likely about the time it was published. There is a great deal of history that I was missing. In approximately 1963 I had the opportunity to read a book (more like a pamphlet) titled "Napoleon in Victory and Defeat" by Lt Col Stacey...

    This book is a largely successful attempt to paint the Napoleonic Era?s impact on the world as well as on France. Necessarily, it is sketchy and at times numbing in its detail. But it is the first time I have been able to visualize the impact of Napoleon on all the continents, from A...

    I really enjoyed this book because it balanced information about Napoleon with the times that he lived in. I wanted to avoid the Napoleon biographies which seem to talk a lot about his family relationships and try to psychoanalyze his decisions and relationships. Herold gives a lot of ...

    As the title implies, this book is less a conventional biography of Napoleon than a survey of the age he lived in and his impact on events, particularly in Europe. The last chapter, on his "Legacy and Legend", was the most instructive. The chapter about the "Spanish Ordeal" was perhaps...

    Was Napoleon a brilliant military general, or an egotistic madman. Perhaps he was all of the above. He fancied himself as another Alexander the Great or Caesar. His empire covering all of Europe up to the Russian border. He nearly made it too. Loved the author's style of writing and hi...

    This book was quite a surprise--it was very well written and really captured some of the interesting human details of Napoleon's life. It was not at all dry and I think it shows quite well how personality, psychology etc. really play into world events specifically through leadership. ...

    I only had a vague romantic notion of Napoleon. This book fleshed out my view of him. I do believe that the author portrays a particular point of view. This is undoubtedly true for all history but seems particularly true here. Well written. ...

    A good look into the time in history that was dominated by Napoleon. ...

    This is the best book on Napoleon ever. A great progressive perspective on him and on the era in general, and also surprisingly dryly witty. ...

    Interesting, but a bit of a slog. ...

  • Bitsy
    Mar 30, 2010

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

  • Jonathan
    Feb 12, 2011

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

  • Kevin
    Jul 24, 2013

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

  • Lauren Wiseman
    Aug 07, 2014

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

  • Jimmie
    Jul 24, 2012

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

    Wish I had read this book back when I got it which was likely about the time it was published. There is a great deal of history that I was missing. In approximately 1963 I had the opportunity to read a book (more like a pamphlet) titled "Napoleon in Victory and Defeat" by Lt Col Stacey...

    This book is a largely successful attempt to paint the Napoleonic Era?s impact on the world as well as on France. Necessarily, it is sketchy and at times numbing in its detail. But it is the first time I have been able to visualize the impact of Napoleon on all the continents, from A...

    I really enjoyed this book because it balanced information about Napoleon with the times that he lived in. I wanted to avoid the Napoleon biographies which seem to talk a lot about his family relationships and try to psychoanalyze his decisions and relationships. Herold gives a lot of ...

    As the title implies, this book is less a conventional biography of Napoleon than a survey of the age he lived in and his impact on events, particularly in Europe. The last chapter, on his "Legacy and Legend", was the most instructive. The chapter about the "Spanish Ordeal" was perhaps...

    Was Napoleon a brilliant military general, or an egotistic madman. Perhaps he was all of the above. He fancied himself as another Alexander the Great or Caesar. His empire covering all of Europe up to the Russian border. He nearly made it too. Loved the author's style of writing and hi...

  • Denifex
    May 07, 2011

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

  • Greg
    Jan 19, 2014

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

  • Eric Atkisson
    Dec 06, 2016

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

    Wish I had read this book back when I got it which was likely about the time it was published. There is a great deal of history that I was missing. In approximately 1963 I had the opportunity to read a book (more like a pamphlet) titled "Napoleon in Victory and Defeat" by Lt Col Stacey...

    This book is a largely successful attempt to paint the Napoleonic Era?s impact on the world as well as on France. Necessarily, it is sketchy and at times numbing in its detail. But it is the first time I have been able to visualize the impact of Napoleon on all the continents, from A...

    I really enjoyed this book because it balanced information about Napoleon with the times that he lived in. I wanted to avoid the Napoleon biographies which seem to talk a lot about his family relationships and try to psychoanalyze his decisions and relationships. Herold gives a lot of ...

    As the title implies, this book is less a conventional biography of Napoleon than a survey of the age he lived in and his impact on events, particularly in Europe. The last chapter, on his "Legacy and Legend", was the most instructive. The chapter about the "Spanish Ordeal" was perhaps...

  • Mike
    Sep 10, 2013

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

    Wish I had read this book back when I got it which was likely about the time it was published. There is a great deal of history that I was missing. In approximately 1963 I had the opportunity to read a book (more like a pamphlet) titled "Napoleon in Victory and Defeat" by Lt Col Stacey...

    This book is a largely successful attempt to paint the Napoleonic Era?s impact on the world as well as on France. Necessarily, it is sketchy and at times numbing in its detail. But it is the first time I have been able to visualize the impact of Napoleon on all the continents, from A...

    I really enjoyed this book because it balanced information about Napoleon with the times that he lived in. I wanted to avoid the Napoleon biographies which seem to talk a lot about his family relationships and try to psychoanalyze his decisions and relationships. Herold gives a lot of ...

  • Chris Dudding
    Sep 28, 2013

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

  • Steve Seyboldt
    Mar 18, 2017

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

  • Zachary Newkirk
    Dec 30, 2018

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

  • Jason Styles
    Nov 11, 2016

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

  • Jim
    May 16, 2014

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

  • Abigail Bok
    Oct 10, 2016

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

  • Henrietta (H
    Jun 30, 2016

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

    Wish I had read this book back when I got it which was likely about the time it was published. There is a great deal of history that I was missing. In approximately 1963 I had the opportunity to read a book (more like a pamphlet) titled "Napoleon in Victory and Defeat" by Lt Col Stacey...

    This book is a largely successful attempt to paint the Napoleonic Era?s impact on the world as well as on France. Necessarily, it is sketchy and at times numbing in its detail. But it is the first time I have been able to visualize the impact of Napoleon on all the continents, from A...

    I really enjoyed this book because it balanced information about Napoleon with the times that he lived in. I wanted to avoid the Napoleon biographies which seem to talk a lot about his family relationships and try to psychoanalyze his decisions and relationships. Herold gives a lot of ...

    As the title implies, this book is less a conventional biography of Napoleon than a survey of the age he lived in and his impact on events, particularly in Europe. The last chapter, on his "Legacy and Legend", was the most instructive. The chapter about the "Spanish Ordeal" was perhaps...

    Was Napoleon a brilliant military general, or an egotistic madman. Perhaps he was all of the above. He fancied himself as another Alexander the Great or Caesar. His empire covering all of Europe up to the Russian border. He nearly made it too. Loved the author's style of writing and hi...

    This book was quite a surprise--it was very well written and really captured some of the interesting human details of Napoleon's life. It was not at all dry and I think it shows quite well how personality, psychology etc. really play into world events specifically through leadership. ...

    I only had a vague romantic notion of Napoleon. This book fleshed out my view of him. I do believe that the author portrays a particular point of view. This is undoubtedly true for all history but seems particularly true here. Well written. ...

  • N. Ryan
    Nov 21, 2017

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

  • Alf Goodall
    Jan 16, 2017

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...

    This book is part biography, part history book as it tells the story of Napoleon in the context of the times he was in: political, cultural, military, economic and social. I will tell you this up front. Going into this book I knew little to nothing about Napoleon. Literally, aside f...

    This is a cleverly written book with a little information about Napoleon, and a lot of information about the times he lived in and the effect he had on Europe and much of the world. At some point I'll have to read a history that actually talks about Napoleon himself, in depth. Initi...

    This book was an adventure to read. 3.5 stars. The author is witty and insightful, and treats his subject with objectivity. The author concludes that Napoleon was a man of extreme opportunism, intelligence, ambition, bravery and conservatism. There can be no doubt Napoleon impacted ...

    Certainly not a towering work of history or biography, but a pretty pleasant ride through a book that serves both purposes at once. The book focuses on Napoleon's rise and exploits, but intersperses Napoleon's story with stories about the countries, ideas, and people involved. The effe...

    I read this book as a follow-up to War and Peace. Like any book that is read for a purpose that differs from those intended by the author, it hit its mark and at times it strayed somewhat afield. My intent was to fill in the historical setting of War and Peace and this book delivere...

    This history of the Napoleonic Age was written in 1963. That said, it is an excellent review of the rise and eventual fall of Napoleon and of his influence (intended or not) on much of the world around him during his reign as Emperor. As the author points out, Napoleon was the firs...

    Napoleon is the original, the classic egomaniacal dictator. Gotta learn it. ...

    Not quite what I was expecting, which was a more or less straightforward biography of Boney. Until the last 10 pages or so, the author didn?t really give any insight into what drove him. Why did he do the things he did? It almost seems like he did them because he could, which maybe i...

    Actual Rating: 3.5 While it contained a lot of good information, I felt as though J. Christopher Herold's format was not for me. I understand it is difficult to find a way to convey information about complex international affairs, but it was so helter-skelter that I could not get in...

    Great history of Napoleon's France. More than just a military or political history, Herold gives you a real flavor of the age, expressing as well as I've ever seen the build-up and consequences of the French Revolution and what it meant for countries that aren't France (though certainl...

    Wish I had read this book back when I got it which was likely about the time it was published. There is a great deal of history that I was missing. In approximately 1963 I had the opportunity to read a book (more like a pamphlet) titled "Napoleon in Victory and Defeat" by Lt Col Stacey...

  • Rob Markley
    Sep 24, 2017

    A treasure trove full of historical nuggets surrounding and influencing Napoleon, rather than being focused on the tyrant?s activities alone. Take Napoleon?s meeting with Czar Alexander of Russia on a raft moored in the middle of the Niemen river so no one else could hear. They ...

    By chance, I happened to find this little treasure of Napoleonic history in a bookstore as I was looking for another biography on a French ruler. I didn't expect much, considering the other two books I read about Napoleon ("Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom, and "Napoleon" by Paul John...

    I actually read only portions (maybe 2/3) of this book because I was doing research about a particular era and the book follows Napoleon later in time than was necessary for me. Finished reading a couple of months ago but left it on my Currently Reading list because I thought I might f...

    A very readable and enjoyable book and makes for a good introduction to Napoleon. It neither glorifies not crucifies him. What is amazing about the man is the young age at which he attained power, particularly given his peasant background. He was ruling much of Europe in his early thir...

    It is difficult to say that Napoleon is a forgotten figure of history, but his relevance and his romantic hold on our sentiments just doesn't seem to be what it used to. This book is really, really well written and offers an expansive (sometimes too expansive) picture of his era and hi...

    This book was originally written in 1963 but the prose seemed to me as lively and fresh as anything written today. The author clearly enjoys the period, including Napoleon the man and Napoleon the legend; but he manages to stay remarkably objective, which is not always easy. If you...

    Neither the best nor the worst work of history I've read; it did fill a significant gap in my knowledge of Napoleon's impact on the formation of the modern world. "Napoleon was not eager to liberate Latin America; yet his aggression in Spain did just that. He was not anxious to mak...

    A very good essay of not just Napoleon, but also the age in which he rose to power and would ultimately influence. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how he affected the modern age. ...

    Though more than 50 years old, Herold?s book is extraordinarily readable, approachable, and fair. He provides an even-handed assessment of Napoleon and his time. He does so with humor and without getting bogged down in the gritty details that sometimes accompany military histories. H...

    Very good critical assessment of the bigger picture, not just Napoleon's France ...