This look at the French Empress' life reads well, and gives fluent accounts of the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon, two subjects which could devour endless pages of tedium in the hands of a less-skilled author. One problem--the author keeps on insisting that Napoleon read and sent telegrams--an interesting concept, since Morse didn't invent the telegraph until decades later than the era of this biography, and in the United States, not in Europe. Where are the copy editors these days? Why aren't they catching these stupid errors?
Still, worthwhile reading for all the European history lovers out there.