Et si le Premier Empire avait été l’empire du crime ? Car derrière une apparence d’ordre et de puissance, le régime napoléonien fut en fait le théâtre de l’éclosion d’une criminalité nouvelle : les soldats démobilisés alimentent les bandes de brigands, les contrebandiers prospèrent grâce au blocus continental, la fabrication de fausse monnaie est utilisée pour déstabiliser le nouveau régime... En nous faisant pénétrer dans les arcanes les plus sombres du monde du crime entre 1799 et 1815, Jean Tulard nous dévoile un univers méconnu. Sous sa plume, aussi vivante que précise, les faits divers s’enchaînent et les personnages historiques défilent dans toute leur truculence. Fantastique récit d’une période de peur et de sang, Le monde du crime sous Napoléon donne à lire l’histoire ignorée mais pourtant capitale de ceux que l’Histoire voudrait oublier. Membre de l’Institut, professeur émérite à l’université de Paris-Sorbonne, Jean Tulard est l’un des plus grands historiens de l’époque napoléonienne.
Author: Claude Ribbe
Publisher: One World (UK)
Did Napoleon provide the model for Hitler's Final Solution?140 years before the Holocaust, Napoleon used gas to exterminate the civil population of the Antilles, he created concentration camps in Corsica and Alba, and he re-established the slave trade, provoking the deaths of over 200,000 Africans in the French colonies. In this riveting and controversial expose, Ribbe reveals Napoleon's shocking legacy to the atrocities of the twentieth century.
Author: Jean Tulard
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Author: Patrice Gueniffey
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Patrice Gueniffey, the leading French historian of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic age, takes up the epic narrative at the heart of this turbulent period: the life of Napoleon himself, from his boyhood in Corsica, to his meteoric rise during the Italian and Egyptian campaigns, to his proclamation as Consul for Life in 1802.
The Napoleon of Crime
Author: Ben MacIntyre
Publisher: Broadway Books
The subject of critical accolades, a national best-seller presents the most notorious criminal of the Victorian Age, a gentleman bank robber who became the model for Sherlock Holmes's nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Reprint.
The History of a Crime
Author: Victor Hugo
Publisher: Seltzer Books via PublishDrive
Hugo's condemnation of Napoleon III. According to Wikipedia: "Victor-Marie Hugo(26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem, and Hugo is sometimes identified as the greatest French poet. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (known in English also as The Hunchback of Notre Dame). Though a committed conservative royalist when he was young, Hugo grew more liberal as the decades passed; he became a passionate supporter of republicanism, and his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon."
Eat Him If You Like
Author: Jean Teulé
Publisher: Gallic Books
A true story. Tuesday 16 August 1870, Alain de Money, makes his way to the village fair. He plans to buy a heifer for a needy neighbour and find a roofer to repair the roof of the barn of a poor acquaintance. He arrives at two o'clock. Two hours later, the crowd has gone crazy; they have lynched, tortured, burned and eaten him. How could such a horror be possible? With frightening precision, Jean Teule reconstructs each step of one of the most shameful stories in the history of nineteenth-century France.
Author: Juan Cole
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
In this vivid and timely history, Juan Cole tells the story of Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. Revealing the young general's reasons for leading the expedition against Egypt in 1798 and showcasing his fascinating views of the Orient, Cole delves into the psychology of the military titan and his entourage. He paints a multi-faceted portrait of the daily travails of the soldiers in Napoleon's army, including how they imagined Egypt, how their expectations differed from what they found, and how they grappled with military challenges in a foreign land. Cole ultimately reveals how Napoleon's invasion, the first modern attempt to invade the Arab world, invented and crystallized the rhetoric of liberal imperialism.
Author: Frédéric Lacaille, Marie-Lys Marguerite
"L'empereur chez le roi, Napoléon chez Louis XIV", disait Victor Hugo. Napoléon à Versailles, c'est l'histoire d'un lien étroit entre le premier empereur des Français et le domaine des rois que le partenariat "Versailles à Arras" met en lumière. Sur les pas de Louis XIV et de Marie-Antoinette, son passage à Versailles, souvent méconnu, marqua le début de sa nouvelle alliance avec Marie-Louise. .
Death of a Lake
Author: Arthur William Upfield
Eight hundred kilometres from the sea, Lake Otway is dying. Heat, drought, and thirst-crazed animals take their toll. When Ray Gillen, lucky lottery winner, went for a swim one night and never came back, some thought it was an accident, or was it murder? As the water level drops, five men and two women wait beside the shrinking lake - for the body, the money, or neither. And watching it all, Bony...
Volume one of five The unabridged form of this story runs to over 1,900 pages in either French or English, necessitating multiple volumes of this bilingual edition, which is designed to assist those learning French. The original French text appears on the right-hand pages of the book, with the corresponding English translation on the left-hand pages. Other bilingual books available from Sleeping Cat Books: "The Picture of Dorian Gray Selected Works of Edgar Allan Poe Fables of Jean de La Fontaine Candide Shakespeare's Sonnets New Fairy Tales for Small Children The Tales of Mother Goose The Count of Monte Cristo The Last of the Mohicans Madame Bovary"
Author: Anne Sebba
"What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until--finally--renewal and retribution. Even at the darkest moments of Occupation, with the Swastika flying from the Eiffel Tower and pet dogs abandoned howling on the streets, glamour was ever present. French women wore lipstick. Why? It was women more than men who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis--perhaps selling them their clothes or travelling alongside them on the Metro, where a German soldier had priority over seats. By looking at a wide range of individuals from collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes to teachers and writers, Anne Sebba shows that women made life-and-death decisions every day, and often did whatever they needed to survive. Her fascinating cast of characters includes both native Parisian women and those living in Paris temporarily--American women and Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, and fashion and jewellery designers. Some women, like the heiress Béatrice de Camondo or novelist Irène Némirovsky, converted to Catholicism; others like lesbian racing driver Violette Morris embraced the Nazi philosophy; only a handful, like Coco Chanel, retreated to the Ritz with a German lover. A young medical student, Anne Spoerry, gave lethal injections to camp inmates one minute but was also known to have saved the lives of Jews. But this is not just a book about wartime. In enthralling detail Sebba explores the aftershock of the Second World War and the choices demanded. How did the women who survived to see the Liberation of Paris come to terms with their actions and those of others? Although politics lies at its heart, Les Parisiennes is a fascinating account of the lives of people of the city and, specifically, in this most feminine of cities, its women and young girls"--From publisher's website.
Author: Pieter Geyl