Sources? Dear God, I've been reading this stuff for over forty years and couldn't possibly remember a tenth of the books, let alone which were the most influential. I'll try, but forgive me if this reply is very unsatisfactory. Probably the oldest and , in many ways, the strongest influence was C.S. Forester - not a proper historian, I hear you complain, and right you are, but he was a very influential writer. Since then I've read just about every possible military history of the period, and a vast amount of other books, and nothing I've read has changed that early picture. And, of course, it's a very conventional British picture, which says he was an unprincipled, untrustworthy bastard. Probably the best recent book I've read on him, maybe because I agreed with so much of it, was Paul Johnson's diatribe, entitled Napoleon, published in the Weidenfeld and Nicholson series 'Lives'. Do I have no liking for him? Yes, of course - he could be very beguiling and he spoke a lot of sense about military matters, and certainly Julia Blackburn's marvellous book The Emperor's Last Island made me feel some sympathy, which increased greatly when I visited St Helena and walked around Longwood House. Evengeline Bruce's superb book shows him in a different light - impossible to totally dislike a man who loved the lovely Josephine as he did - and she was a sweetheart and he did her wrong, but then, as I said, he's basically an unprincipled, untrustworthy bastard! Josephine deserved better.