Anyways, have any of you read the book? Did you like it? I'll probably make a couple posts about it between now and the time I finish. In the forward it portays Napoleon as a lot like Hitler, not only in invasion strategy but in personality/motives which bothers me a little. However, looking at it from the Russians' side and from the view of non-French conscripts I can see why they hate him so much. I've seen the comparison before but here they are made out to be pretty much the same.
I'm also making my way through a couple of smaller books that I'll post about once I finish and have an opinion on them. By the way, sooner or later I'll get Moscow 1812; it seems like a good book. When I get around to it I'll put some book recommendations in the user info.
So my post has at least some purpose, would you guys say that Hitler and Napoleon are more alike or more different from each other? From my somewhat limited knowledge I'd say that although similarities are definately there, the two men had two very different personalities and motives. Napoleon told Alexander that he would invade (and Alexander told Napoleon that he'd leave Moscow but I digress), which may have been a big mistake but I see it as Napoleon wanting to salvage what he thought was a real friendship/alliance as well as a last ditch effort to get his own way, whereas Hitler always hated Stalin and what he stood for. Maybe I've just read too many authours who kiss Napoleon's ass.
The biggest difference between Hitler/Bonaparte (besides the fact that they lived in two very different social/technological eras) that I notice without researching the details is their motives. From the beginning Hitler set out to get rid of Jews and "purify" the human race. Napoleon wanted every