One of the worst books I have ever read - biased, bigoted and totally one-sided. According to Holmes, Napoleon was responsible for everything, even Prussia's attack on France in 1806 and the American war with England in 1812. He writes as a pseudo-historian of the Esdaille stripe with 'hater of Napoleon' stamped through every one of his inaccurate historical vignettes. To him and his ilk who class Napoleon as inherently evil and Great Britain as the font of all justice and mercy, there can be precious few redeeming features for the French Emperor. I read it in one day - all the better to swallow the unpalatable tosh it contains and get it over with. What a massive disappointment this book is. His mistakes are legion - he even describes the Battle of Waterloo as being fought at 1-30 a.m and 6.00 a.m on page 145! This book hasn't even been proof read!
He talks of Nelson being made a duke by the King of Naples for his recapture of the territory without the merest mention of that one-armed bandit's murder of dozens of so-called rebels in Naples in 1798 who had surrendered in expectation of being shipped home. Nelson turned up after the surrender had been arranged and took it upon himself to execute the prisoners instead. No one knows how many he killed because the King had relevant papers burnt. Holmes mentions the Cadoudal plot without any reference to the British gold that financed it - one of many attempts on Napoleon's life financed by London even during the Peace of Amiens!
He concludes his diatribe and character assassination with: "We too easily forget his overweening egotism and his shocking cynicism, his destructive wars and vain conquests..." having titled one passage "The 100 days: Return And Attack". There is no mention of the fact that Napoleon returned to Paris in 1815 without a drop of blood being spilt; that he was much more popular than the useless Bourbons; and that he personal wrote to all the European leaders requesting peace - letters that were ignored by the reactionary elites who proscribed him as a villain deserving of being murdered only. Oh what peace lovers were these Coalition members!
Napoleon had sought peace with England in early 1805 long before Trafalgar and long before the British bribes that coaxed Austria and Russia to attack France. Britain instigated most of the so-called 'Napoleonic Wars'. Britain massacred 2,000 Danes, men, women and children, as they slept in Copenhagen when their navy bombarded this neutral country without a declaration of war in 1807 just in case Napoleon siezed the Danish navy before they did.
The policy of the corrupt warmongering British Cabinet was usually to pay other countries to do their dirty work for them. As Colonel John Elting has written - without British gold there could have been no European wars because Austria and Russia were basically bankrupt. Napoleon was attacked in 1805, 1806, 1807, and 1809, and only after his letters of peace were ignored in 1815 did he very reluctantly go to war. As an Englishman and historian myself, I despise fellow so-called historians who lie and misrepresent what REALLY happened merely to put their own nation or their own national heroes in the best light. In colloquial parlance - this book sucks.
C. 2015 John Tarttelin
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