The Best Books on Napoleon

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Historian and biographer Andrew Roberts knows a thing or two about history. He's written or edited nineteen books among the most famous being one on Napoleon and one on Churchill. The reason that is important - Roberts has a bone to pick about the perception of Napoleon in today's world. He argues that Napoleon’s peacetime achievements alone were enough to earn him his place among history’s greatest leaders. He was a modernizer, a reformer, a bringer of order. He eradicated the worst legacies of the French revolution while keeping the best. He was a military genius on land, albeit “rubbish at sea”. He rebuilt Paris. Nor was he small, as "he was the average height of a Frenchman of the day - five feet, six inches.” This interview with Roberts is a terrific look at Bonaparte and his life as a peacekeeper instead of instigator.

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