I don't disagree. Though I have the feeling that Roberts knows he's tweaking the lion's tail and that it's largely for publicity purposes (hence the book's title in the UK, "Napoleon the Great" is changed to "Napoleon: A Life" in the US, where Napoleon's not part of the national myth). In fact, Roberts has been largely successful as the book has garnered more sales (and reviews) than either Dwyer's or Forrest's recent bios. Also Roberts is not an academic historian IMHO. Roberts knows how to market a book in today's publishing world (where the publisher isn't going to do the work for the author).