"Some historians praise Napoleon highly. Others condemn him. But all agree that he was a military genius and his life was like a great novel of adventure." This conclusion to Part One summarizes the biographical portion of the book in which Napoleon is brought to life in his historical context as his personal ambition and achievements are revealed. Part Two describes the everyday lives of people living in France during the Napoleonic Era, such as their military service, education, food, homes, clothing, and the arts. Additional sources and aids for understanding are included in Part Three: a map, a glossary, a bibliography, notes, and an index. This relatively thin book is filled with a lot of interesting information. Full color reproductions of historical paintings appear throughout and are often discussed in a meaningful way within the text. The fluent writing style brings historical dates and events to life in a manner that is appropriately accessible for middle and high school students. A good source for both research and for recreational reading. Part of the "Rulers and Their Times" series. 2006, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 11 to 16.
Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.