The Memoirs of Napoleon is a book that was dictated by Napoleon himself during his stay on the island of Saint Helena. Napoleon bears witness to his own career during the last years of his life. The Emperor wanted to take the care to tell in person his exceptional destiny which led him to conquer Europe. We then find the chronology of the facts that marked his career, without modifying their course, but with its truth, with its vision whether for the events or for its own image.
The first volume highlights the first Italian campaign between 1796 and 1797.
The second volume tells the story of the Egyptian campaign which took place between 1798 and 1799 and which involved large-scale military resources to face the British Empire. This part was written with the help of Grand Marshal Bertrand who was involved in this fabulous campaign.
Volume 3 recounts the hundred days of his return to Paris, which was triumphant, the defeat at Waterloo on June 18, 1815, and finally his exile in Saint-Hélène.
Napoleon's memoirs are easy to read, we regret that they are short. Napoleon did not have the desired means to deliver more details on his epic. Those familiar with the legend of Napoleon will learn nothing new, but it is nice to be able to read history through the Emperor's prism, with his justifications for the choices made in his conduct of the Empire. This story was made in secret because he was forbidden to do so. So his memoirs were taken from the island page by page, day after day.
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