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The Life of Napoleon volume 5

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 fifth volume of the work, William Hazlitt takes us through his fall from power. He shows us how the situation of Europe at that time: England controlling the sea, England, Austria, Russia and Prussia massed on the borders of France, ready to consummate their twenty-five year struggle to restore the Bourbon monarchy. Nor were these the only enemies confronting Napoleon. Many of his own countrymen were ready to turn their backs on him, now that his aura of invincibility was at an end, destroyed by the disastrous campaign in Russia and further defeats in Europe. Hazlitt brings us to the great climax of the tragedy, the battle of Waterloo, and then follows Napoleon as he casts himself on the mercy of the English and finds himself transported to St. Helena. Hazlitt was a life-long admirer of Napoleon and of the French Revolution, but his admiration was not blind. His analysis is both passionate and clear-sighted. At this stage in Napoleon's career, he focuses more on the great events, less on the man and his mind. It is an appropriate focus; at this stage in his life, Napoleon's whole existence was wrapped up in those great events, his personal life was submerged in them. Hazlitt sometimes transcends and sometimes falls victim to the prevailing attitudes of his day. His thinking sometimes juxtaposes highly progressive ideas with casual bigotry. His text has been left as he wrote it; it is valuable to hear and remember that even great minds have held ideas we prefer to think we have overcome. 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 fifth volume of the work, William Hazlitt takes us through his fall from power. He shows us how the situation of Europe at that time: England controlling the sea, England, Austria, Russia and Prussia massed on the borders of France, ready to consummate their twenty-five year struggle to restore the Bourbon monarchy. Nor were these the only enemies confronting Napoleon. Many of his own countrymen were ready to turn their backs on him, now that his aura of invincibility was at an end, destroyed by the disastrous campaign in Russia and further defeats in Europe. Hazlitt brings us to the great climax of the tragedy, the battle of Waterloo, and then follows Napoleon as he casts himself on the mercy of the English and finds himself transported to St. Helena. Hazlitt was a life-long admirer of Napoleon and of the French Revolution, but his admiration was not blind. His analysis is both passionate and clear-sighted. At this stage in Napoleon's career, he focuses more on the great events, less on the man and his mind. It is an appropriate focus; at this stage in his life, Napoleon's whole existence was wrapped up in those great events, his personal life was submerged in them. Hazlitt sometimes transcends and sometimes falls victim to the prevailing attitudes of his day. His thinking sometimes juxtaposes highly progressive ideas with casual bigotry. His text has been left as he wrote it; it is valuable to hear and remember that even great minds have held ideas we prefer to think we have overcome. 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 fifth volume of the work, William Hazlitt takes us through his fall from power. He shows us how the situation of Europe at that time: England controlling the sea, England, Austria, Russia and Prussia massed on the borders of France, ready to consummate their twenty-five year struggle to restore the Bourbon monarchy. Nor were these the only enemies confronting Napoleon. Many of his own countrymen were ready to turn their backs on him, now that his aura of invincibility was at an end, destroyed by the disastrous campaign in Russia and further defeats in Europe. Hazlitt brings us to the great climax of the tragedy, the battle of Waterloo, and then follows Napoleon as he casts himself on the mercy of the English and finds himself transported to St. Helena. Hazlitt was a life-long admirer of Napoleon and of the French Revolution, but his admiration was not blind. His analysis is both passionate and clear-sighted. At this stage in Napoleon's career, he focuses more on the great events, less on the man and his mind. It is an appropriate focus; at this stage in his life, Napoleon's whole existence was wrapped up in those great events, his personal life was submerged in them. Hazlitt sometimes transcends and sometimes falls victim to the prevailing attitudes of his day. His thinking sometimes juxtaposes highly progressive ideas with casual bigotry. His text has been left as he wrote it; it is valuable to hear and remember that even great minds have held ideas we prefer to think we have overcome. 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:

10h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:04


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:11


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:04


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:14


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:04


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:54


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:28


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:29


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:03


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:03


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:54


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:08


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:13


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:59


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:08


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:50


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:00


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:07


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:53


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:55


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:33


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:30


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:00


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:08


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:58


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:59


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:01


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:09


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:52


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:49


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:14


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:57


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:19


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:52


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:56


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:03


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:06


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:51


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:01


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:02


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:02


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:00


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:07


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:59


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:05


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:59


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:01


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:03


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:55


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:02


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:13


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:51


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:05


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:03


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:53


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:08


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:05


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

00:54