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« on: July 18, 2017, 02:48:17 pm »
We all know studying history without reading books is a nightmare and for the Untermensch, so why not throw around some of your favourites?

Relevant to Napoleon, I love Soldier of Destiny by Michael Broers.
Rites of Peace by Adam Zamoyski is also a must-read.

In regards to being a filthy Éireboo, I love most of Tim Pat Coogan's work as well as "Old Ways, Old Secrets" by Jo Kerrigan.
Can't fucking stand "How the Irish Saved Civilisation" by Cahill, though. Absolute Tripe.

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Re: Books
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 04:08:48 pm »
1812 by zamoyski is a great read, as is napoleon in egypt by paul strathern. the longest afternoon by brendan simms, though relatively short, offers an excellent account of the men of the king's german legion at la haye sainte. has been a while since i read it, but i seem to remember to war with wellington - by peter snow - offering a vivid narrative of his campaigns and an insight into his own remarkable character.

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Re: Books
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 09:56:47 pm »
The 2 book series The Rise of Naploeon Bonaparte, The Reign of Napoleon Bonaparte are written by a military historian, and detail the European events happening during the 1780's-1815. Its a sort of biography of him, I would recommend it since it briefly touches on every campaign, treaties, and events surrounding Napoleon and other top officials in their respective countries. Lots of references and quotes from books dated back then and letters sent to and from various Napoleon family / foreign affairs officials.

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Re: Books
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2017, 02:39:50 am »
I can direct you to Charles Oman's exhaustive seven volume work:

"A history of the Peninsular War"

Luckily, the books can be had for free through archive.org.
Here's my search:

 https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Oman%2C+Charles+William+Chadwick%2C+Sir%2C+1860-1946%22&and[]=subject%3A%22Peninsular+War%2C+1807-1814%22

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Re: Books
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 02:15:41 am »
I'm currently in the middle of "Napoleon: A Life" (US) or "Napoleon the Great" (UK) by Andrew Roberts. It's a fine thus far, with Roberts writing an excellently researched account of the life and times of the namesake. His writing is good, and he straddles the line between Napoleon's supporters and detractors well. Though it's a bit thick (800+ pages), it's well worth it.

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Re: Books
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2017, 03:42:02 am »
To kill a mocking bird and 1984 are great lmao

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Re: Books
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2017, 08:08:27 pm »
Im guessing everyone here has read all of the Sharpe Novels by Bernard Cornwell
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Re: Books
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2017, 02:29:10 pm »
Im guessing everyone here has read all of the Sharpe Novels by Bernard Cornwell

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Re: Books
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2017, 06:33:21 pm »
Cavalry it's history and tactics , by Nolan, L. E. (Lewis Edward)

Written shortly after the napoleonic era, I suppose it's only fascinating if you have a specific interest in cavalry tactics in these times.
You can read it for free on the internet (yaaay).

https://archive.org/details/cavalryitshistor00nola

I would also recommend war and peace by Leo Tolstoy, though I have to admit that I've only been listening to the (slightly abridged) audiobook.
It's long, very long....

The Duel by Joseph Conrad is also quite a nice book, short and reads easily.

Honoré de Balzac's The peasant story of Napoleon might also be an interesting read for you history geeks out there, I liked it though it should be read with a pinch of salt :)
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