Felix Markham (1908–92) was born in Brighton, England. After graduating from Oxford, he taught history there for some forty years. Among his books are Napoleon and the Awakening of Europe and The Bonapartes. He was also the editor and translator of such works as Henri Comte de Saint-Simon, 1760–1825: Selected Writings.
Steven Englund took a doctorate from Princeton after studying at Cambridge. He has taught at UCLA, the Université de Paris VIII, Sciences Po, l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and is now Distinguished NYU Professor at the American University of Paris. His books or coauthorships include The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930–1960 and Napoleon: A Political Life, which was winner of the History Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoléon as well as the J. Russell Major Prize (for best book in English on French History, 2004) of the American Historical Association. Among the publications he contributes to are La Revue des Deux Mondes, Le Monde, La Revue d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, Commonweal, and Cross Currents. He was a Guggenheim Fellow from 2005 to 2006.