This week I have read "Napoleon in Egypt" by Paul Strathern.
I will say that I was very hesitant to read this book. I read "La Grande Armée" by Georges Blond several months ago and struggled. It was a super dense book and by the time that I got to the end, I had developed quite a hatred for Napoleon and could not understand how his troops could remain loyal to him after everything that he put put them through.
Needless to say, I was afraid that "Napoleon in Egypt" was going to be a repeat of "La Grande Armée", but in fact it was the opposite. The book was well written and covered the political, military, and scientific aspects of the expedition without really prioritizing one over another. It also adequately discusses all the players involved from the French to the Egyptians to the British.
The book was never dull a certainly provided food for thought concerning the impact that the expedition had in the long term. There are insights into the relationships between westerners and middle eastern peoples, which I definitely think is applicable to the present. There are also clear connections drawn between the scientific and artistic activities that went on during the expedition and the modern area. For instance, you can consider the work that Vivant Denon did during the expedition as the foundation of modern Egyptology.
Probably the thing that I liked best about this book was that it made Napoleon's European campaign make so much more sense. When I read "La Grande Armée", I didn't really have an understanding of Napoleon as a person and just how far his ambition and megalomania extended. I think that this book really clarified those areas for me. Now the decisions he made later in Europe really seem more contextualized.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Napoleon, but I would probably read it before anything comprehensive like "La Grande Armée".