An engrossing volume on European civilization by Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant
The Age of Napoleon, the eleventh and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter
- the French Revolution—from the storming of the Bastille to the guillotining of the king;
- the revolution's leaders Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre, Saint-Just—all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated;
- Napoleon's meteoric rise—from provincial Corsican military student to emperor and commander of the largest army in history;
- Napoleon's fall—his army's destruction in the snows of Russia, his exile to Elba, his escape and reconquest of the throne, and his ultimate defeat at Waterloo by the combined forces of Europe;
- the birth of Romanticism and the dawning of a new age of active democracy and a rising middle class, laying the foundation for a new era.
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About the Authors
Will Durant (1885–1981) was an award-winning American writer, historian, and philosopher. He and his wife were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1968 for Rousseau and Revolution, and he was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Durant spent over forty years writing the critically acclaimed eleven-volume Story of Civilization, the later volumes with the help of his wife, Ariel. He sought
to revitalize history by unifying and humanizing the great body of historical
knowledge, which had become voluminous and fragmented into esoteric
subcategories. He also strove to bring
philosophy to the common man. Durant was a champion of human rights, social reform, and the brotherhood of man long before they became well-known issues.
Ariel Durant (1898–1981) was a Russian-born American researcher and
writer and the coauthor of the eleven-volume Story of Civilization with her husband Will
Durant. Ariel and Will Durant were jointly awarded the Pulitzer Prize for
General Nonfiction in 1968 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. Ariel
was named the 1977 Woman of the Year by the city of Los Angeles.
About Stefan Rudnicki
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than five thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than nine hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.