Mark Braude. The Invisible Emperor: Na poleon on Elba From Exile to Esca pe. London: Penguin Books, 2018
Reviewed by Ambrogio Caiani
"Mark Braude’s book The Invisible Emperor retells the remarkable tale of how, for ten months, Napoleon ruled over this Mediterranean ‘Lilliput.’ It is an intriguing story, and one which the author tells exceedingly well. The style is lucid, and this makes the book gripping and page turning. The narrative is sensibly chronological and weaves together three interrelated stories into one....On the whole this is a book that will be relished and enjoyed by a very wide readership. Its original contribution to scholarship and international history is less obvious. These pages certainly will revise history’s judgement of Sir Neil Campbell but, other than this, it is difficult to identify any other scholarly, let alone archival finds."