"One of the first books that came into my hands once I could read"

 

 

   Freud alludes to his early intellectual accomplishment, by claiming as childhood reading a lengthy series of historical volumes by two-time French prime minister Adolphe Thiers (1797-1877).  André Masséna was one of Napoleon Bonaparte's most prominent military commanders during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars which Thiers chronicled.

 

Online editions of Thiers' 'History of the Consulate and the Empire of France Under Napoleon' in twenty volumes, (1845-1862)