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  • #46
    -Mark urban rifles
    -Micheal Glover wellington as millitary commander
    -J Christopher Herold Age of Napoleon
    -Andrew Roberts Waterloo the battle for modern Europe
    The best on the subject of read so far.

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    • #47
      Books about Napoleon and the suffering of convicts in Australia's colonial times have scooped the top gongs at this year's National Biography Awards.
      University of Newcastle historian Philip Dwyer's Napoleon, 1769-1799 The Path to Power, was among 33 biographies shortlisted for this year's award.

      He said he was inspired as a student in Paris by a professor who was a specialist in the Napoleonic era.

      LINK
      Never Fear the Event

      Admiral Lord Nelson

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      • #48
        Originally posted by lorne19 View Post
        ...-J Christopher Herold Age of Napoleon...
        That was such a biased book, it wasn't even funny !
        I hated it...
        The anti-Napoleonic and pro-British sentiments just drip off this book when you just hold it !!!!

        Not a great historic book !

        Greets,
        Stratego
        Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

        It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

        Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

        BORG

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        • #49
          I'm reading tales from the rifle brigade at the moment by Kincaid. I find it a very good read. At times very amusing.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by Post Captain View Post
            HINDMARSH J. Thomas, CORSO Philip F. , The Death of Napoleon: the last campaign

            Napoleon Bonaparte died on May 5th, 1821 on the island of St Helena from complications of stomach cancer proven by autopsy. However, when analyses of trace elements on single strands of hair became available in the 1960s, it was found that some samples of his hair contained increased levels of arsenic which lead to claims that he had been deliberately poisoned. This book written by an expert toxiciologist and a surgeon/Napoleon scholar examines the proof for the diagnosis of stomach cancer. Also it reviews the evidence for arsenic poisoning and denounces this as a myth, based upon the absence of all the specific features and many of the cardinal non-specific features of arsenic poisoning, thus confirming that the Emperor died from stomach cancer.

            About the authors:
            Dr J Thomas Hindmarsh has an MD from the University of Sheffield, England and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Britain and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He recently retired as Professor of Pathology and Medical Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. Dr Hindmarsh is an international authority on arsenic toxicology, has published many papers and several book chapters on the topic, has consulted for the US EPA and other government agencies, and is a member of a UNESCO expert panel. In 1994 he was invited by the Napoleonic Society of America to help resolve the controversy about whether Napoleon was poisoned with arsenic and this book is the consequence of his research.

            Dr. Philip F Corso recently retired as Chief of Plastic Surgery at The Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut. He graduated cum laude from Yale University and Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale University. He has pursued a lifelong interest in the history of Napoleon and has authored several papers on the Emperor and the Empress Josephine. He has an extensive collection of Napoleon memorabilia and is a long-standing member of the Napoleonic Society of America.
            Place and publisher :http://www2.xlibris.com/
            I read a book called: The murder of Napoleon, some years ago. I forgot the name of the author, but it had been written in the sixties and I inherited it from my granddad. It was very convincing and a page turner. I wunder if it is still in print. If yes you should definetely get it.

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            • #51
              This is one of my favorite Napoleonic sites,has lots of good articles.www.napoleon-series.org/
              If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks,glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. Napoleon

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Legate View Post
                This is one of my favorite Napoleonic sites,has lots of good articles.www.napoleon-series.org/
                It's indeed a great site.
                My avatar: Center of the Cross of the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) of the First French Empire (Napoleonic Era), 3rd type (awarded between 1806-1808). My Légion d'honneur. :-)

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                • #53
                  Just to let yo'all know that I received "Napoleon in Egypt" from Paul Strathern as a birthday gift from my parents-in-law !

                  Anybody read it yet ????

                  Anybody know what I'm to expect of it???

                  I also received the movies "Elizabeth" and its follow-up "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" with Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush !!!!




                  Greets,
                  Stratego
                  Last edited by Stratego; 22 Sep 08, 02:53.
                  Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

                  It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

                  Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

                  BORG

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                  • #54
                    Napoleon's Regiments:Battle Histories of the Regiments of the French Army,1792-1815 by Digby Smith

                    IMHO,this is a must have for any Napoleonic Library. It lists all the various Regiments of Napoleon's Army,lists all their battles and their histories. Includes the Imperial Guard.
                    If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks,glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. Napoleon

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Legate View Post
                      Napoleon's Regiments:Battle Histories of the Regiments of the French Army,1792-1815 by Digby Smith

                      IMHO,this is a must have for any Napoleonic Library. It lists all the various Regiments of Napoleon's Army,lists all their battles and their histories. Includes the Imperial Guard.
                      Brilliant book, a must have.
                      Never Fear the Event

                      Admiral Lord Nelson

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                      • #56
                        Got this one in Chapters in Dublin today:

                        La Grande Armee by Georges Blond

                        Cost €9.99 in hardback.

                        I've read a few pages so far and it looks pretty good

                        - he isn't bowled over by Napoleon but recognises he was the lynchpin and just can't be ignored.

                        His main aim though is to tell the stories of the soldiers themselves.

                        Anyone heard /read this book?

                        http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/se...eorges%20Blond
                        http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by Wolfe Tone View Post
                          Got this one in Chapters in Dublin today:

                          La Grande Armee by Georges Blond

                          Cost €9.99 in hardback.

                          I've read a few pages so far and it looks pretty good

                          - he isn't bowled over by Napoleon but recognises he was the lynchpin and just can't be ignored.

                          His main aim though is to tell the stories of the soldiers themselves.

                          Anyone heard /read this book?

                          http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/se...eorges%20Blond
                          Yup, I have it and enjoyed it.
                          The only drawback is that it doesn't seem like the translation was very well done.

                          Sometimes it gets pretty hard to read and is a bit confusing.
                          Avatar is General Gerard, courtesy of Zouave.

                          Churchill to Chamberlain: you had a choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war.

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                          • #58
                            Napoleon's Campaigns in Miniature

                            For those interested in getting into Napoleonic minis, I highly recommend Napoleon's Campaigns in Miniature, by Bruce Quarre.

                            Great overview of the major armies and campaigns. A simple painting guide. A review of tactics and weapons. Even a set of mini rules.
                            Larry Levandowski
                            ____________________________

                            Join the Army and see the Navy
                            sandwich board in the Marx Brother's Duck Soup, 1933

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                            • #59
                              Just finished Iain Gale's book "Four Days in June" -400 pages in 4 days could not put it down. Masterfully written.

                              Highly
                              Recommended
                              James

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                              • #60
                                For better or worse; this is my listing

                                1) Arthur Bryant: Years of Endurance 1793-1802, Years of Victory 1802-1812, The Age of Elegance 1812-1822. The Political, social and Military History of Britain and her war with France, written in the 1940s

                                2) Carola Oman: Nelson. A biography of the great man.

                                3) Philip Guedalla: The Duke. Again a biography.

                                4) Major Faber du Faur: With Napoleon in Russia 1812 ‘The Illustrated Memoirs of Major Faber du Faur. Large landscape format book with reproductions of the sketches and notes on each made by the author whilst on campaign in Russia.

                                5) Alistair Horne: How Far From Austerlitz. Leads up to, and beyond the famous battle.

                                6) John R. Elting: Swords Around the Throne. Maybe the best book on the subject in modern times.’ need I say more’

                                7) John R. Elting: Napoleonic Uniforms (All 4 Volumes) Again the best of their type.

                                8) Andrew Roberts: Napoleon & Wellington. A great comparisons study of the first men of the 19th Century.

                                9) Charles Esdaile: The Peninsular war. How someone can pack such an overview of ALL the aspects of the campaign in 580 odd pages is amazing.

                                10) Martin Windrow & Gerry Embleton: Military Dress of the Peninsular War. ‘This is personal, as it is the first book that I ever got on the subject way back in 1975. I treasure it beyond all ‘well almost’ other books in my collection.

                                Paul
                                ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                                All human ills he can subdue,
                                Or with a bauble or medal
                                Can win mans heart for you;
                                And many a blessing know to stew
                                To make a megloamaniac bright;
                                Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                                The Pixie is a little shite.

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