Ruth Scurr’s biography “Napoleon: A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows” takes readers on an intimate journey through the life of one of history’s most fascinating figures. Scurr’s prose is a masterful balance of historical fact and vivid storytelling from his early days in Corsica to his rise as Emperor of France. But what truly sets this biography apart is its unique approach, focusing on the gardens and landscapes surrounding Napoleon throughout his life. By examining the natural world that shaped him, Scurr offers readers a fresh perspective on a man who has been the subject of countless books and movies. “Napoleon: A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows” is a must-read for anyone who wants to truly understand one of history’s most complex and intriguing figures.