J. David Markham
Napoleonic History

The Road to St Helena: Napoleon After Waterloo

This book covers the period from Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo to his surrender to the British.

From the dust jacket:

Napoleon’s incredible career went through a number of distinct periods. Much has been written about his rise to power, his time as leader of France, his final defeat at Waterloo and his exile on St Helena. But the short critical period of his fall from power, the few months in 1815 between Waterloo and his departure to St Helena, has received less attention. J. David Markham’s gripping new study focuses on this, Napoleon’s last effort to control his own destiny, and the final dramatic episodes in his fateful career.

The immediate aftermath of Waterloo is as fascinating as any stage in Napoleon’s career. The story combines elements of treachery and deceit, indecision, error, politics and law. It features high drama and a good measure of pathos. During this time Napoleon could have held on to power, escaped to the United States or been shot, and the story of how he came to surrender to the British will leave the reader amazed. As J. David Markham unravels the web of politics and intrigue that surrounded the defeated emperor, he gives a penetrating insight into Napoleon the man during the darkest, most difficult months of his life. His account also offers a sharp insight into the powerful, often devious personalities of the cast of characters who played leading roles in the drama. He quotes extensively from the diaries and memoirs of the principal actors, including Napoleon himself, in order to reconstruct the complex, fast-moving sequence of events.

J. David Markham’s graphic account is a valuable contribution to the history of the Napoleonic epoch, and it gives a compelling insight into Napoleon in the months and days when he was forced to relinquish his grip on power.

ISBN: 978-1-84415-751-8

Selected Works

Biography/History
The story of a fascinating but often overlooked period of Napoleon's career. The time between Waterloo and Napoleon's surrender to the British is filled with intrigue and possibilities, and this book covers all of the exciting details, often in the words of those who were there!
Six alternative history stories answered by six noted historians. Introduction and introductory material, as well as a response to one alternative history, by J. David Markham, editor.
Six alternative history stories answered by six noted historians. Introduction and introductory material, as well as a response to one alternative history, by J. David Markham, editor.
“The ultimate biography of Napoleon for the average person and students of Napoleon alike.”
--Ben Weider, President, International Napoleonic Society
The French version, with a preface by Jean Tulard, dean of French Napoleonic scholars,
The Russian version of Napoleon for Dummies. It translates as 'Napoleon for the Teapots.'
This is the Dutch version of Napoleon for Dummies.
A vivid view of Napoleon’s last years and a major contribution to Napoleonic scholarship.

Winner of the 2005 International Napoleonic Society’s President’s Choice award for Napoleonic Literature.
Easy to read, well researched and documented, it is the one book on Napoleon for student and scholar alike!

Winner of the 2004 Napoleonic Society of America Emperor's Award for Napoleonic Literature
Imperial Glory is the first complete English translation of Napoleon’s Bulletins and also contains numerous reports by Napoleon’s marshals and others, most of which have never been published in English.

Winner of the 2003 International Napoleonic Society Presidents Choice Award and the 2007 Count Las Cases Memorial Prize for Napoleonic Literature in English from the Instituto Napoleónico México-Francia.

Winner of the 2003 International Napoleonic Society President's Choice Award for Napoleonic Literature.

Betsy Balcombe's memoirs tell the story of her relationship with Napoleon on St Helena, the island to which he was exiled after defeat at Waterloo. I wrote the introduction to this edition.

Selected as book of the month by Foundation Napoléon, Paris.
Eight Napoleonic experts review Napoleon's life and legacy.
DVD/Video/Audio
An abridged audio book that includes all introductory material and some of the best stories found in the paperback version. I had the honor to be one of the readers.
History Channel production that tells the stories of the greatest military commanders of all time, including segments with J. David Markham on Napoleon and Julius Caesar.
A group of British and one American (J. David Markham) tell the amazing story of Napoleon's career.
Ben Weider, J. David Markham and others set the stage for one of history's greatest mysteries: How did Napoleon die?
Encyclopedia
A two-volume work on the world powers of the 19th and early 20th century. I contributed 10 articles.
A wealth of information on this exciting epoch. I contributed 27 articles.
A well-regarded basic reference work to which I contributed articles on Napoleon, Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar.
The Encyclopedia of Leadership brings together for the first time everything that is known and truly matters about leadership as part of the human experience. Includes my article on Napoleon Bonaparte.