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The Age of Napoleon by J. Christopher Herold. (Mariner Books, 2002).
A biography of the leader and the influences he had on Europe and the world.

1815: The Return of Napoleon by Paul Britton Austin. (Greenhill Books, 2002)
The dramatic story of Napoleon's escape from Elba and march on Paris, as told by eyewitnesses and participants.

Napoleon Bonaparte by Alan Schom. (HarperCollins, 1997)
This book uses maps, photos, and illustrations to follow Napoleon's rise and fall.

The Reign of Napoleon Bonaparte by Robert Asprey. (Basic Books, 2002)
The second of a two-volume biography of Napoleon focuses on his military strategies. Another book by the same author:

The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte by Robert Asprey.

For Students


Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin. (McElderry, 2004)
Although he is the most feared man in the world, young Betsy Balcombe befriends the exiled Napoleon. For older readers.
A similar story for younger readers:

My Napoleon by Catherine Brighton. (Millbrook, 1997)

Dear Napoleon, I Know You're Dead, But... by Elvira Woodroff. (Holiday House, 1992)
When Marty's teacher assigns her class a letter-writing project, Marty writes to Napoleon Bonaparte and is astonished to receive a reply — from Napoleon!

I, Crocodile by Fred Marcellino. (HarperCollins, 1999)
What would have happened if Napoleon brought a crocodile home from his Egyptian campaign? A resourceful croc relates his experiences in France.


The Battle of Waterloo by David Pietrusza. (Lucent, 1996)
A chronology of events, including an hour-to-hour account of the famous battle, begins this account of Napoleon's rise to power and his eventual demise.

C D B! by William Steig. (Simon & Schuster, 1968)
If you are intrigued by palindromes, you'll probably enjoy this clever use of letters and numbers.

Daily Life in Ancient and Modern Paris by Sarah Hoban. (Runestone, 2001)
In Paris, Napoleon constructed roads, built monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, and transformed the Louvre into a museum.

Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! And Other Palindromes by Jon Agee. (Sagebrush, 1991)
One in a series of humorous books about palindromes by the same author.
Other books by the same author:

Palindromania! by Jon Agee

Sit on a Potato Pan, Otis! by Jon Agee

Napoleon Bonaparte by Bob Carroll. (Lucent, 1994)
As the French people struggled in the chaos of the French Revolution, Napoleon rose to power, promising restored law and order and new worldwide respect.

Waterloo by Samuel Willard Compton. (Chelsea House, 2002)
Beginning with Napoleon's daring escape from Elba, the story of one of the world's most famous battles unfolds in words and pictures.

What's the Big Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon and the Louisiana Purchase by Rhoda Blumberg (National Geographic, 1998)
A detailed history, illustrated with maps, photographs and a timeline, of the negotiations and controversies surrounding the Louisiana Purchase.

Web Sites

Offers lesson plans, extension activities, suggested reading, and links to other sites about Napoleon Bonaparte.

This companion site to the PBS program contains background, a timeline, and classroom materials.

The Napoleon Series
Dedicated to the study of Napoleon and the era in which he lived, this site features articles from amateur and professional historians on a wide range of Napoleonic topics.

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