Books: NAPOLEON'S MEMOIRS

Man of Logic

NAPOLEON'S MEMOIRS [605 pp.) —Edited by Somerset de Chair—Harper ($7.50).

"I have been severely scolded today over my laziness," said the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte to his companions one dinnertime at St. Helena. "I am therefore going to start work again [dictating my memoirs]."

Thereafter, for close on five years, Napoleon dictated. The final but still incomplete result was seven unorganized volumes about everything under the sun (including nine chapters on Frederick the Great). It was no wonder that the only English translation went out of print after 1823, and that until...

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