This is a beautifully presented collection of Napoleon's recollections, which were dictated during his exile on St Helena. The recollections gathered here give Napoleon's view of matters and a fair amount of detail about battles, including Waterloo and the Russian campaign.
Napoleon was dictating to and for people who knew the basics of the tale, shortly after the events, and he was seeking to explain his particular view - as such he clearly assumed familiarity with the subject matter.
Therefore this would not, on its own, be a good introduction to the period, but it is a wonderful companion to other works, and makes for a beautifully illustrated book containing the Emeperor's own words and explanations
Napoleon On Napoleon
1992 Cassell UK