Napoleon rose up after the French Revolution. The interesting thing for me was understanding that Europe was a theater for WW in the 1800's also. This author tries to avoid the sweeping tales of Napoleon's triumphs and instead accurately relay the progression of his life and what happened around him.
I needed a book to give me some of the story of this historical figure and I got that. I was slowed down by reading about the brutality of the era. Sometime in the future I will look at one of the other 10-15 biographies on him to get more insight of specific battles etc.