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  • A Journey: My Political Life

    • ABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tony Blair
    • Narrated By Tony Blair
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    This is Tony Blair’s firsthand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death to the war on terror. He reveals the decisions necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues including Gordon Brown, the negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services in Britain since 1945, and his relationships with leaders on the world stage.

    W. J. Young says: "History can only ever be accepted judgments"
    "A view of Britain"
    Overall

    I first heard Tony Blair speak when he delivered Princess Diana's eulogy. I found his account of his political career fascinating. There is much insight to be had, for an American, in listening to a leader of the Labour Party in Britain explain his reasoning for the War in Iraq. It fit closely with George W. Bush's account in Decision Points. As a reader of Churchill, I enjoyed Blair's command of the English language.

    He is very honest and open in accounting his experiences in office.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Suzanne M. Desan
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (185)

    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    Monte Johnston says: "Such a great balance of the big picture and detail"
    "A story every American should know"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon the most enjoyable?

    It is a thorough treatment of a pivotal period of Western Civilization.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon?

    The entry of Napoleon into Paris after leaving Egypt


    Which character – as performed by Professor Suzanne M. Desan – was your favorite?

    Napoleon


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At 24 hours it takes quite a few sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent historian presentation

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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