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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (287 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Johnson Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Paul Johnson's book is a refreshing return to a concept whose time has come once again: the Great Man theory of biography. It serves as the greatest possible refutation of those who hold that events are governed by forces, classes, economics, and geography rather than the powerful wills of men and women. Napoleon truly was the Great Man of his age, a towering and terrible genius who managed to conquer the Continent.

In Napoleon's insatiable hunger for power, Johnson sees a pragmatist constrained neither by patriotism nor by ideology, a brilliant opportunist who fulfilled his ambition in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Johnson puts Napoleon in the context of his times, but his effort seems to underline even more profoundly how Napoleon stood out above them.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew Haney | 2/18/2014

    " Very informative. Good if you want to know more about Napoleon or the French Revolution and the events surrounding it; however, it focuses solely on Napoleon's life (it is a biography, after all), and I wouldn't recommend it for people not explicitly interested in Napoleon Bonaparte. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 2/13/2014

    " Interesting book, didn't know anything about Napoleon and now I know too much. I became fascinated by his exile in Elba and went for another book that gets more in-depth about his time on the island. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eileen | 2/6/2014

    " I knew very little about Napoleon, but since I've never had a great interest in French history, I picked up this slim volume in hopes that it would give me a quick sketch of a powerful and influential historical figure. Unfortunately I found it to be quite dry at times. I also suspect that Napoleon isn't the best historical figure for this series of biographies. There were so many names and facts crammed in to the book that it became dull and felt like it wasn't giving enough information on people and events that needed more exposition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Boyages | 1/29/2014

    " Great overview of Napoleon - easy to read "

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