Ladies and Gentlemen,
I've just bought a Folio Society single-volume reprint of Georges Lefebvre's six-part Napoleon, covering the period 1799 to 1815. It is a reprint of the 1969 translations by Stockhold and Anderson.
I know about Lefebvre's politics and that it was originally part of a larger work, and that he wrote when 20th Century dictators were on the rise and, as a source, may be affected by his own times. I have also read Geyl's view of Lefebvre, now written some 50 years ago.
I am curious to have some 21st Century opinions about this work which, I concede, I bought rather like the collector of fine wines, who has to have an example of a particular Chateau from an exceptional year, even if it is well past drinking and there is no intention of opening it.
Bearing in mind that my admiration of Napoleon has its limitations, how should I approach reading this book? With enthusiasm or trepidation?