I am interested to know the books that Napoleon Bonaparte had read,and perhaps make a list about it. According to a Quora's answer, Napoleon had read:

  • Rousseau - La Nouvelle Héloïse, the Social Contract
  • Voltaire’s biography of Charles XII
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    From Napoleon on War: "Read over and over again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus, Turenne, Eugene and Frederick ... This is the only way to become a great general and master the secrets of the art of war." Jan 6 '18 at 20:43
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    He also read The Prince in several occasions, and there is a version of Machiavelli's book with Napoleon's notes.
    – James Cook
    Jan 6 '18 at 21:14
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    Quick google, this is the first result: shannonselin.com/2015/02/napoleon-like-read Jan 6 '18 at 22:19

From the German Wikipedia on Napoleon:

  • Plato
  • Voltaire
  • Corneille
  • Lavater
  • Rollin "Geschichte des Altertums"
  • Buffon "Histoire naturelle"
  • Marigny "Geschichte der Araber"
  • Goethe "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers"
  • Rousseau
  • Raynal.

[Source (sic) given in Wikipedia is Franz Herre: Napoleon Bonaparte. Eine Biographie. München 2006, S. 12–18, Volker Ullrich: Napoleon. Reinbek bei Hamburg 2004, S. 16–22.]

From the English Wikipedia on James MacPherson, a Scottish writer and politician:

  • James MacPherson "Ossian", Italian translation by Melchiore Cesarotti (thanks to @Drux for pointing it out).

[Source given in Wikipedia is Zamoyski, Adam (2001). Holy Madness: Romantics, Patriots and Revolutionaries. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 45.]

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    James MacPherson (Ossian) should be on that list.
    – Drux
    Jan 7 '18 at 15:42