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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (299 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Johnson Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781455170135
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This is an extraordinary chronicle of the fifteen years, 1815–1830, that laid the foundations of modern society. It is a history of people, ideas, politics, manners, morals, economics, art, science and technology, diplomacy, business and commerce, literature, and revolution.

From Wellington at Waterloo and Jackson at New Orleans to the surge of democratic power and reform, this tumultuous period saw the United States transform itself from an ex-colony into a formidable nation, Britain become the first industrial world power, Russia develop the fatal flaws that would engulf her in the twentieth century, and China and Japan set the stage for future development and catastrophe. Provocative, challenging, and listenable, this remarkable story is told through the lives and actions of its outstanding, curious, and ordinary people.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A colossal effort of energy and imagination.”

    Hugh Thomas, author of Rivers of Gold

  • “Fascinating…A savory social history, spiced with lively gossip…It is never dull. In many ways a tour de force.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Amazing…Crowded with wonderful portraiture, heroic feats of intellect and imagination…Reads at times like one of the novels it describes so brilliantly.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A considerable achievement…Immensely readable…Readers will learn a lot from The Birth of the Modern and have a good time while they’re at it.”

    Newsday

  • “We meet an enormous gallery of brilliant, eccentric, and (especially the poets) licentious characters…The author’s sheer enthusiasm [makes] the tiniest fragments of recorded history burst with light and color.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Marvelously readable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lively…Provocative.”

    Library Journal

  • “Johnson…is a master of vigorous narratives on epic topics. Astoundingly, he writes with fascination about events and movements in virtually all fields of human endeavor…A lively and readable history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Notable Book for 1991

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rivka | 1/6/2014

    " Fascinating and brilliant. A book to work through (I did for over a year), not a quick read, but worth the work. I consider myself a much more educated person for having read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Pinnock | 12/23/2013

    " Great read. A forgotten century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Haines | 12/14/2013

    " A fascinating book on the world in the early 19th Century on how society was progressing to the modern world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Thorland | 12/1/2013

    " I preferred this to Modern Times. Fantastic use of "revealing" anecdotes and a casual but beautiful style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 11/29/2013

    " Great book and a remarkable perspective of such a narrow period of time. Great thesis of the birth of the modern in this short time span. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Petersen | 9/13/2013

    " Liked the history and it was well written. Informative "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherwood Smith | 8/11/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour through European, mostly English, culture during the Regency period and just after. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 7/6/2013

    " 'modern' history, synergies build the modern, roads, females, napoleon, the gothic. entertaining and beyond. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 5/28/2013

    " Filled with interesting details about the period in history from 1815 to 1830. It makes it easy to see how what humans do can echo down through history and have unintended and unknown consequences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 4/20/2013

    " This is an utterly awesome book looking at history centered around 1815 and spanning the entire globe. It is highly entertaining, challenging, and a little frustrating in its depth and span. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Mills | 3/29/2013

    " An interesting take on Europe in 1815 and the characters that shaped the coming century (up to 1914. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/23/2013

    " A very comprehensive account of the development of British society "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avis Black | 12/26/2012

    " Excellent cultural history. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 12/9/2012

    " Rather long, but very readable! I especially enjoyed the chapter about the growth of roads and transportation and its dramatic effects on the course of society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/5/2012

    " Do you really need 1,000 pages to chronicle 15 years? With these particular years, absolutely. Especially if you're not Eurocentric, which too many such histories are. Johnson even goes so far as to cite the opening of the first ad agency in Venezuela. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin J. Rogers | 9/2/2012

    " I thought this was a lucid and comprehensive account of the birth of the Modern Age; Johnson makes a compelling case that the fifteen years immediately after the defeat of Napoleon laid the foundation for the world as we have known it up to now. "

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.