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The Life of Napoleon volume 1

William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt is one of the foremost writers of the English language. His fame as a critic, essayist and social commentator ranks with the likes of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He considered his justly famous Life of Napoleon as his most important work. In this, the first volume of the work, William Hazlitt devotes the vast majority of the work to the vital historical background: Napoleon's family, the history of Corsica, where he grew up, as it affected him and his family, and above all the history of the French Revolution up to the siege of Toulon: the National Assembly, the Constitution, the invasion of France by the First Coalition, the execution of Louis XVI, the Convention, and the Reign of Terror. While this approach has the disadvantage of spending the vast majority of this volume on subjects other than Napoleon himself, it has the great advantage of leaving the reader thoroughly versed in the historical setting that framed Napoleon's life. When he emerges onto the stage of history, at the siege of Toulon, we know exactly what settting he is stepping into. Hazlitt was a life-long admirer of Napoleon and of the French Revolution, but his admiration was not blind. He shows the full extent of the French Republic's descent into the madness of the Reign of Terror and seeks the cause of it in the natural response of human beings to a toxic mix of fear and temptation, in a setting of political and institutional chaos inside the country, combined with existential threats of invasion and repression from all the major powers of Europe. His analysis is both passionate and clear-sighted. While a firm champion of human rights, human liberty, and human progress, he does not flinch from a clear presentation of the horrors human nature can commit. The Life of Napoleon was originally published in four volumes in 1828-1830, not long before Hazlitt's death. It was later republished in a limited edition of six volumes by the Grolier Society. This audiobook is based on that edition.

William Hazlitt is one of the foremost writers of the English language. His fame as a critic, essayist and social commentator ranks with the likes of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He considered his justly famous Life of Napoleon as his most important work. In this, the first volume of the work, William Hazlitt devotes the vast majority of the work to the vital historical background: Napoleon's family, the history of Corsica, where he grew up, as it affected him and his family, and above all the history of the French Revolution up to the siege of Toulon: the National Assembly, the Constitution, the invasion of France by the First Coalition, the execution of Louis XVI, the Convention, and the Reign of Terror. While this approach has the disadvantage of spending the vast majority of this volume on subjects other than Napoleon himself, it has the great advantage of leaving the reader thoroughly versed in the historical setting that framed Napoleon's life. When he emerges onto the stage of history, at the siege of Toulon, we know exactly what settting he is stepping into. Hazlitt was a life-long admirer of Napoleon and of the French Revolution, but his admiration was not blind. He shows the full extent of the French Republic's descent into the madness of the Reign of Terror and seeks the cause of it in the natural response of human beings to a toxic mix of fear and temptation, in a setting of political and institutional chaos inside the country, combined with existential threats of invasion and repression from all the major powers of Europe. His analysis is both passionate and clear-sighted. While a firm champion of human rights, human liberty, and human progress, he does not flinch from a clear presentation of the horrors human nature can commit. The Life of Napoleon was originally published in four volumes in 1828-1830, not long before Hazlitt's death. It was later republished in a limited edition of six volumes by the Grolier Society. This audiobook is based on that edition.
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History

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William Hazlitt is one of the foremost writers of the English language. His fame as a critic, essayist and social commentator ranks with the likes of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He considered his justly famous Life of Napoleon as his most important work. In this, the first volume of the work, William Hazlitt devotes the vast majority of the work to the vital historical background: Napoleon's family, the history of Corsica, where he grew up, as it affected him and his family, and above all the history of the French Revolution up to the siege of Toulon: the National Assembly, the Constitution, the invasion of France by the First Coalition, the execution of Louis XVI, the Convention, and the Reign of Terror. While this approach has the disadvantage of spending the vast majority of this volume on subjects other than Napoleon himself, it has the great advantage of leaving the reader thoroughly versed in the historical setting that framed Napoleon's life. When he emerges onto the stage of history, at the siege of Toulon, we know exactly what settting he is stepping into. Hazlitt was a life-long admirer of Napoleon and of the French Revolution, but his admiration was not blind. He shows the full extent of the French Republic's descent into the madness of the Reign of Terror and seeks the cause of it in the natural response of human beings to a toxic mix of fear and temptation, in a setting of political and institutional chaos inside the country, combined with existential threats of invasion and repression from all the major powers of Europe. His analysis is both passionate and clear-sighted. While a firm champion of human rights, human liberty, and human progress, he does not flinch from a clear presentation of the horrors human nature can commit. The Life of Napoleon was originally published in four volumes in 1828-1830, not long before Hazlitt's death. It was later republished in a limited edition of six volumes by the Grolier Society. This audiobook is based on that edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

9h 58m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:19


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:46


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:47


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:30


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:36


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:06


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:31


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:00


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:00


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:11


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:21


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:09


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:12


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:29


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:57


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:19


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:07


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:01


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:03


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:56


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:23


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:41


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:29


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:44


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:15


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:37


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:54


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:53


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:38


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:37


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:02


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:43


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:19


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:06


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:14


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:23


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:27


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:05


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:55


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:51


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

12:15


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:01


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:35


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

00:53