The Bonapartes in America

In honor of the 200-years anniversary of Napoleon’s death, this is a selection of books in English. 

Full disclosure: My gg grandfather and namesake François-Marie Patorni (1803-1852) was the private lawyer of the Bonaparte family, and for some time campaign manager of Louis-Napoleon, future Emperor Napoleon III.

Newly found:

The Collection of the Museo Napoleónico, Havana Cuba 
by  Luke Dalla Bona 

On Amazon HERE

I visited the Museo Napoleónico in  Havana in January 2024. It is arguably the finest museum of the Napoleonic era to be found outside of France. This book is a masterpiece. Form and content are superb. The introductory chapters by themselves are worth buying the book. The body of the work is overwhelmingly rich, beautiful, and informative.

Bonura, Michel A. Under the Shadow of Napoleon: French Influence on the American Way of Warfare from the War of 1812 to the Outbreak of WWII. New York: New York University Press, 2012.

Hawkins, Timoty. A Great Fear: Luís de Onís and the Shadow War against Napoleon in Spanish America, 1808–1812. Atlantic Crossings, 2019.

Wiemuth, Bill. The Louisiana Purchase: International Intrigue & Secret Treaties – The Incredible Story of How the United States Doubled in Size. History Highlights, 2020.

Bush, Robert D. The Louisiana Purchase: A Global Context. Critical Moments in American History, Routledge, 2013.

Flynn, Matthew J. Washington and Napoleon: Leadership in the Age of Revolution. Potomac Books, 2011.

Tyson Stroud, Patricia. The Man Who Had Been King: The American Exile of Napoleon’s Brother Joseph. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Tyson Stroud, Patricia. The Emperor of Nature: Charles-Lucien Bonaparte and His World.

Murat, Ines. Napoleon and the American Dream. LSU Press, 1999.

Black, Shirley J. Napoleon III and Mexican Silver. Ferrell Publications, Silverton, Colorado, 2000.

Ocampo, Emilio. The Emperor’s Last Campaign: A Napoleonic Empire in America. University Alabama Press, 2009.

Rafe Blaufarb, Rafe. Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Exiles and Refugees on the Gulf Coast, 1815-1835. University Alabama Press, 2006.

MacCartney, Clarence Edwards and Dorrance, Gordon. The Bonapartes in America. Hardcover -Reprint, 2010. Philadelhia: Dorrance and Company, 1939: Read online here. 

Ferri-Pisani, Camille. Prince Napoleon in America, 1860. The Galley press, London, 1959.