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message 1: by Ed, Chief Curmudgeon (last edited Sep 05, 2010 05:16AM) (new)

Ed (ejhahn) | 622 comments Mod
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. (Josephine Bonaparte, #1) by Sandra Gulland
Napoleon's Expedition to Russia: The Memoirs of General de Segur by Philippe-Paul de Ségur
Napoleon: A Biography by Frank McLynn
Dictionary of the Napoleonic Wars by David G. Chandler
Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna by David King
The Campaigns of Napoleon by David G. Chandler
Through Russian Snows: A Story of Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow by G.A. Henty
Under Wellington's Command by G.A. Henty
The Flying Ensign: Greencoats Against Napoleon by Showell Styles
Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World by Roy Adkins
Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and Nelson's Battle of Trafalgar by Adam Nicolson
Napoleon: The Path to Power by Philip Dwyer
Napoleon in Egypt by Paul Strathern
The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon's Bird of Paradise by Carolly Erickson
At the Court of Napoleon by Laure Junot
Napoleon 1: From 18 Brumaire to Tilsit 1799-07 by Georges Lefebvre
Sharpe's Sword by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Eagle by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Fury by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Escape by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Battle by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Siege by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Havoc by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Revenge by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Honor by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Regiment by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Enemy by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Fortress by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Gold by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Trafalgar by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Company by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Devil by Bernard Cornwell
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
The Last Cavalier: Being the Adventures of Count Sainte-Hermine in the Age of Napoleon by Alexandre Dumas
Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt by Nina Burleigh
One Hundred Days: Napoleon's Road to Waterloo by Alan Schom
Losing Nelson by Barry Unsworth
Waterloo to Peterloo by Reginald James White
From Napoleon to the Second International by A.J.P. Taylor
The Illustrious Dead: The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army by Stephan Talty
Napoleon by Vincent Cronin
The Age of Napoleon by Alistair Horne
The Peninsular War by Roger Parkinson
La Grande Armee by Georges Blond
Napoleon Bonaparte: A Life by Alan Schom
Nelson: a Personal History by Christopher Hibbe
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich
The Black Room at Longwood: Napoleon's Exile on Saint Helena by Jean-Paul Kauffmann
The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys
Bonaparte in Egypt by J. Christopher Herold
Napoleon as Military Commander by James Marshall-Cornwall
The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian
Desolation Island by Patrick O'Brian
Post Captain by Patrick O'Brian
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
The Truelove by Patrick O'Brian
H.M.S. Surprise by Patrick O'Brian
The Mauritius Command by Patrick O'Brian
The Letter of Marque by Patrick O'Brian
The Far Side of the World by Patrick O'Brian
Blue at the Mizzen (Aubrey/Maturin, by Patrick O'Brian
The Hundred Days by Patrick O'Brian
The Thirteen-Gun Salute by Patrick O'Brian
The Reverse of the Medal by Patrick O'Brian
The Ionian Mission by Patrick O'Brian
The Commodore by Patrick O'Brian
Treason's Harbour by Patrick O'Brian
The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O'Brian
The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O'Brian
The Surgeon's Mate by Patrick O'Brian
The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O'Brian
The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey by Patrick O'Brian
The Golden Ocean by Patrick O'Brian
The Unknown Shore by Patrick O'Brian
The War of Wars: The Great European Conflict 1793 - 1815 by Robert Harvey
Storm and Conquest: The Clash of Empires in the Eastern Seas, 1809 by Stephen Taylor
Broadsides: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1775-1815 by Nathan Miller
The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte by Robert B. Asprey
Moscow 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March by Adam Zamoyski
Every Man Will Do His Duty: An Anthology of Firsthand Accounts from the Age of Nelson by John B. Hattendorf
Cochrane: The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain by Robert Harvey
Ramage by Dudley Pope
Ramage & the Drumbeat by Dudley Pope
Ramage & the Freebooters by Dudley Pope
Ramage's Trial by Dudley Pope
Ramage's Prize by Dudley Pope
Ramage's Diamond by Dudley Pope
Ramage & the Guillotine by Dudley Pope
Ramage's Mutiny by Dudley Pope
Ramage & the Rebels by Dudley Pope
The Ramage Touch by Dudley Pope
Ramage's Signal by Dudley Pope
Ramage & the Renegades by Dudley Pope
Ramage's Devil by Dudley Pope
Governor Ramage RN by Dudley Pope
Ramage's Challenge by Dudley Pope
Ramage at Trafalgar by Dudley Pope
Ramage & the Saracens by Dudley Pope
Ramage & the Dido by Dudley Pope
Decision At Trafalgar: The Story of the Greatest British Naval Battle of the Age of Nelson by Dudley Pope
Life in Nelson's Navy by Dudley Pope
The Black Ship by Dudley Pope
Lord Hornblower by C.S. Forester
Commodore Hornblower by C.S. Forester
Flying Colours by C.S. Forester
Ship of the Line by C.S. Forester
Beat to Quarters by C.S. Forester
Hornblower and the Atropos by C.S. Forester Hornblower and the Hotspur by C.S. Forester
Lieutenant Hornblower by C.S. Forester
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies by C.S. Forester
Lord Hornblower by C.S. Forester
Flying Colours by C.S. Forester
Ship of the Line by C.S. Forester
Hornblower During the Crisis by C.S. Forester
Napoleonic Wars: Wellington's Army by Ian Fletcher
Nelson by Roy Hattersley
The King's Privateer by Dewey Lambdin
King's Captain by Dewey Lambdin
The French Admiral by Dewey Lambdin
The King's Commission by Dewey Lambdin
Jester's Fortune by Dewey Lambdin
A King's Commander by Dewey Lambdin
The King's Coat by Dewey Lambdin
H.M.S. Cockerel by Dewey Lambdin
The Gun Ketch by Dewey Lambdin
Under Enemy Colors by S. Thomas Russell
The Complete Midshipman Bolitho: Richard Bolitho, Midshipman, Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger & Band of Brothers by Alexander Kent
Stand into Danger by Alexander Kent
In Gallant Company by Alexander Kent
Sloop of War by Alexander Kent
To Glory We Steer by Alexander Kent
Command a King's Ship by Alexander Kent
Passage to Mutiny by Alexander Kent
With All Despatch by Alexander Kent
Form Line of Battle by Alexander Kent
Enemy in Sight by Alexander Kent
The Flag Captain by Alexander Kent
The Darkening Sea by Alexander Kent
Cross of St. George by Alexander Kent
The War for All the Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo by Roy Adkins
An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Armies of the Napoleonic Wars: An illustrated history by Chris McNab
The Battle: A New History of Waterloo by Alessandro Barbero
The Waterloo Companion: The Complete Guide to History's Most Famous Land Battle by Mark Adkin
Wellington: The Years of the Sword by Elizabeth Longford
The Age of Napoleon by J. Christopher Herold National Army Museum Book of Wellington's Armies by Andrew Uffindell
Napoleon and Wellington by Andrew Roberts
Waterloo: June 18, 1815: The Battle for Modern Europe by Andrew Roberts
Napoleon 1812 by Nigel Nicolson
The Battle by Patrick Rambaud
The Pursuit of Victory: The Life And Achievement of Horatio Nelson by Roger Knight
Trafalgar: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sea Battle in History by Nicholas Best
Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander by David Cordingly
Waterloo: New Perspectives : The Great Battle Reappraised by David Hamilton-Williams
The Reign of Napoleon Bonaparte by Robert B. Asprey
Nelson: A Dream of Glory, 1758-1797 by John Sugden La Belle France by Alistair Horne
That Sweet Enemy: Britain and France: The History of a Love-Hate Relationship by Isabelle Tombs
Waterloo: Battle of Three Armies by William Seymour
Jena 1806: Napoleon Destroys Prussia by David G. Chandler
Napoleon's Sea Soldiers by Rene Chartrand
Napoleon's Marshals by David G. Chandler
How Far From Austerlitz?: Napoleon 1805-1815 by Alistair Horne
Any Approaching Enemy: A Novel of the Napoleonic Wars by Jay Worrall
The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier by Jakob Walter
The Campaigns of Napoleon by David G. Chandler
Napoleon by Felix Markham


message 2: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Ed, the three books of Sandra Gullan's trilogy really, really should be read together. You have listed the first. The second is entitled Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe and the third The Last Great Dance on Earth.

And here is another one: Napolean (Lives) by Paul Johnson. I cannot get the add book/author to work but if you search under ISBN1842126504 you will find it. I have heard that the author is quite critical of Napolean in this book. I have not read it myself.


message 3: by Ed, Chief Curmudgeon (new)

Ed (ejhahn) | 622 comments Mod
Thanks Chrissie.


message 4: by Bettie☯ (new)

Bettie☯ Lots to choose from here and luckily I do have quite a few in my câche - thanks for taking the time to make this list. I'll get to it (after Heartstone, naturally)


message 5: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthas48) Yes, the list is great!! Thanks, Ed.


message 6: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie I agree with the others - a fantastic list Ed! Thank you.


message 7: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads, Crazy Cat Lady (last edited Sep 03, 2010 12:11PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (SusannaG) | 299 comments Mod
Great list, Ed! I'd add Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, which is by Susanna Clarke.


message 8: by Tina (new)

Tina Thanks for the list Ed! There's a lot on it that look really good--and some that I already have, all tucked away in my TBR pile just waiting for me to read them.


message 9: by Ed, Chief Curmudgeon (last edited Sep 04, 2010 02:17AM) (new)

Ed (ejhahn) | 622 comments Mod
Following are a list of documentaries covering Napoleon and his Wars.

You can find Many of these at the History Channel Store, Barnes and Noble on-line Store, E-Bay, The A and E Channel Store, The Discovery Channel Store. All of these Stores are on-line.

Napoleon: The Man, the Myth, the Legend
Line of Fire: Waterloo
Line of Fire: Trafalgar
Line of Fire: Austerlitz
History of Warfare: The Napoleonic Wars
History of Warfare: Borodino 1812
History of Warfare: Napoleon's Road to Moscow
History of Warfare: Austerlitz 1805
The Great Commanders Volume 1
The Great Commanders Volume 2


message 10: by Moon (new)

Moon | 30 comments I've read some of the Sharpe books in Cornwell's series. I really need to get back on finishing the rest of those!


message 11: by Ed, Chief Curmudgeon (new)

Ed (ejhahn) | 622 comments Mod
Moony wrote: "I've read some of the Sharpe books in Cornwell's series. I really need to get back on finishing the rest of those!"

Though not as enjoyable as the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, I enjoyed the Sharpe books as much as any Historical Fiction series I've ever read.


message 12: by David (new)

David Cerruti | 24 comments Ed,
Thanks for an excellent reading list.
There is also a 4 part PBS series (WGBH) 2007, Napoleon, available at some libraries.

I just finished A Tale of Two Cities.
It gave me a feeling for the class hatreds, and the Reign of Terror.
I thought it made a good prolog for the Napoleonic Wars.


message 13: by Ed, Chief Curmudgeon (new)

Ed (ejhahn) | 622 comments Mod
David wrote: "Ed,
Thanks for an excellent reading list.
There is also a 4 part PBS series (WGBH) 2007, Napoleon, available at some libraries.

I just finished A Tale of Two Cities.
It gave me a feeling for..."


Excellent suggestion. I encourage others to add to the basic list I post. For instance there's an entire Napoleonic Wars thread on About.com that covers most of the important events and battles of that war.

Here's the link: http://europeanhistory.about.com/od/n....


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