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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: December 2004 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 John Boyages | 1/29/2014

    " Great overview of Napoleon - easy to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 1/14/2014

    " Quick read, good education on this madman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/11/2014

    " A short biography of the French emperor by one of my favorite authors. Interesting, enlightening, full of Johnson's usual wisdom. If you want a passing knowledge of Bonaparte, this is a great way to get it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Kelly | 12/27/2013

    " I just finished re-reading Johnson's slim biography of the Terror of Corsica. I think it is the best I've ever read on Napoleon and his impact on greater Europe - even to this day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Smith | 12/24/2013

    " Good book. Short. Napoleon is fascinating and this book gives you a quick over view of his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gilbert | 12/21/2013

    " One of P. Johnson's better written books, I believe the short format helps him be a better, more concise writer. Very interesting, learned a lot re Napolean & his times, impact on Europe & world history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 11/20/2013

    " line after line, the first half was so interesting! definatly four stars! but then it turned completely dull! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Ps | 11/15/2013

    " Short, precise biography for the legend of post-Revolutionary France. This has been the type of read that I wanted to understand Napoleon, concisely describing his rise and his fall whilst simultaneously providing great insight into why. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 eliza | 6/27/2013

    " Kind of dry. A timeline would have been a nice referential compliment to all the detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Pinnock | 3/21/2013

    " Great read. Too short but loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 1/4/2013

    " As always, Johnson provides essential info and understanding in 280 pages. A quick read with lots of insight and facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 12/1/2012

    " This short book was the perfect introduction to Napoleon. It outlines his life, military and political career, and downfall. But it also describes the man himself and comments on how he has been viewed by history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivan | 5/20/2012

    " Utpotpunio sam saznanja o Napoelonu kao najvecem savremenom strategu na svetu.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt/Sharon | 1/2/2012

    " Concise and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oana | 12/21/2011

    " Very good quick introduction to Napoleon and his life. The only drawback is that there are no footnotes or endnotes, so you simply have to take Johnson at his word. There is a section with suggestion for further reading, however. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ingrid Lola | 10/9/2011

    " this book was a mess of sweeping generalizations and misconstrued facts, some very blatant. there was a pretty thorough description of the battle of waterloo which i thought was good, but i do not recommend this book. in fact i recommend staying far away from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 9/14/2011

    " A concise but rich biography of Napoleon. Johnson is a diligent historian and provides an excellent guide to Napoleon's life and times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 5/23/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 2/6/2011

    " Short, precise biography for the legend of post-Revolutionary France. This has been the type of read that I wanted to understand Napoleon, concisely describing his rise and his fall whilst simultaneously providing great insight into why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 9/9/2010

    " Great read. Too short but loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivan | 1/7/2010

    " Utpotpunio sam saznanja o Napoelonu kao najvecem savremenom strategu na svetu.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gilbert | 12/30/2009

    " One of P. Johnson's better written books, I believe the short format helps him be a better, more concise writer. Very interesting, learned a lot re Napolean & his times, impact on Europe & world history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 12/28/2009

    " This short book was the perfect introduction to Napoleon. It outlines his life, military and political career, and downfall. But it also describes the man himself and comments on how he has been viewed by history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oana | 8/26/2009

    " Very good quick introduction to Napoleon and his life. The only drawback is that there are no footnotes or endnotes, so you simply have to take Johnson at his word. There is a section with suggestion for further reading, however. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ingrid Lola | 6/29/2009

    " this book was a mess of sweeping generalizations and misconstrued facts, some very blatant. there was a pretty thorough description of the battle of waterloo which i thought was good, but i do not recommend this book. in fact i recommend staying far away from it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 eliza | 4/3/2009

    " Kind of dry. A timeline would have been a nice referential compliment to all the detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 1/25/2009

    " Quick read on one of history's most fascinating people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 12/12/2008

    " I think it may be Napoleon's life that didn't do it for me, though Johnson's writing didn't really help. I appreciated the historiographical elements of the book, though, as well as the anecdotes about Bonaparte's behavior. An okay introduction. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson, British author and historian, is the author of many books, including Modern Times, A History of the Jews, Intellectuals, The Birth of the Modern, and The Quest for God, which have been translated into many languages. He has been a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spectator, and other newspapers and magazines. He has lectured to academic, business, and political audiences all over the world.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is also an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.