The Best: biography of Napoleon

Friends and students (I teach French online through Skype), often ask me advice about books. Suddenly I thought that I might as well share with all of you, so this may become some type of memes.

Yesterday, I was asked what would be the best biography of Napoleon.

After a bit of research, it seems the best biography so far is

Napoleon

It is 926 pages long and was published in November 2014.
It received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography (2014).

Then I realized it was already on my TBR shelf!

I also found 2 fascinating lists, with a short summary for each book, here and here.
And I read a good historical novel set in Napoleon’s court:
Second Empress
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Other good novels related to Napoleon:
The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour
and
For The King
HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WHICH BIOGRAPHY OR NOVEL 
ON NAPOLEON
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
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Book review: The Queen of the Night – I love France #180

The Queen of the Night

 

Queen of the Night

Author:
Alexander Chee
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Release date:
February 2, 2016
Pages:
576
ISBN:
9780618663026
also available as ebook
Genre:
historical fiction

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 Une fois n’est pas coutume, this will be a challenging review. I requested this book, because the synopsis sounded so good (bravo to whoever wrote that synopsis, that’s an art!) and I REALLY wanted to love The Queen of the Night, and there are definitely some very good elements in it. But they did not manage to captivate me. Here is why:
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Book review: The French Sultana – I love France #150

I LOVE FRANCE
And maybe you do too!
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The French Sultana
(The Veil and the Crown #2)

The French Sultana

 

The French Sultana
by
Zia Wesley


Publisher:  self-published by the author
Pages: 210
Publication date: July 2014

Genre:  Historical fiction
Source: Received for review

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Following fellow book bloggers on their site, on Goodreads, signing up to NetGalley or even to judge novels, you sometimes stumble upon gems. The French Sultana is definitely a gem, and I am glad I found it. Imagine: it’s a historical novel focusing on a page of French history I had basically never heard of!
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