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  • A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815: The Story of Civilization, Book 11
  • Written by: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 43 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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The Age of Napoleon

Written by: Will Durant,Ariel Durant
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
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An engrossing volume on European civilization by Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.

The Age of Napoleon, the 11th 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, and 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; and 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.

©1975 Will and Ariel Durant (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great book - I now love Napoleon!

This is a very thorough and well-written (and well read) book about the age of Napoleon. The structure is great - it goes from the events of the French revolution and the rise of Napoleon to an extremely wide-ranging overview of Europe at the time. You come away with an idea of the philosophical, cultural and social movements of the time that sheds a lot of light on the period and the modern world. The book ends with the downfall of Napoleon and his legacy. By the end of the book I was completely blown away by the character of Napoleon - what an amazing guy!
Highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the period or in the man himself.

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Fantastic series

I have listened to the entire series and it is a brilliant historical review. Excellent. The final book Age of Napoleon was particularly good. Excellent narration.

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