Friedrich Gentz, an Opponent of the French Revolution and Napoleon (Classic Reprint): Paul F. Reiff
´´McClellan is to me one of the mysteries of the war.´´ (Ulysses S. Grant) Over the last 150 years, historians and Americans have endlessly debated over the Civil War, including its causes and the best and worst generals. Nowhere has there been a sharper debate than over the career and legacy of George McClellan, with a majority viewing him as the North´s biggest goat and a small but vocal minority insisting that McClellan was a very good general who was made a scapegoat by the Lincoln Administration and its supporters. Many members of the ´´McClellan Society´´ continue to assert that McClellan would have ended the war in 1862 without the Administration´s interference. In 1861, McClellan was looked upon as a hero and even possibly a savior. Dubbed ´´The Young Napoleon´´, the 35 year old had been a prodigy at West Point, finishing in second place in the Academy´s most famous class, the Class of 1846. After earning praise for his service in the Mexican-American War, McClellan had a short but successful career in the railroad industry and had been a foreign observer at the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War. At the outbreak of the Civil War, there was no question that McClellan was one of the brightest and most experienced of the North´s generals. Ultimately, of course, McClellan went from hero to goat, at least in the eyes of President Lincoln, who famously wrote that McClellan ´´has the slows´´. It was a sharp critique of McClellan´s cautious movements, but McClellan was also faulted for conservative battlefield leadership in the Peninsula Campaign and at Antietam. McClellan also constantly overestimated his opponent´s manpower, at times thinking the Confederates had double his Army of the Potomac when the exact opposite was the case. It was after Antietam and his bickering with the War Department over why he wasn´t chasing Lee´s battered Army of Northern Virginia that Lincoln finally sacked him, effectively ending his Civil War career. ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth Ray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098809/bk_acx0_098809_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Königin Luise von Preußen (1776-1810) ist unter den Fürstinnen ihrer Zeit ein herausragender Platz eingeräumt worden. Sie wurde bewundert von Goethe, Schiller, Heinrich von Kleist, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Carl Friedrich Zelter und selbst von Napoleon, ihrem politischen Gegner. In den Publikationen über ihr Leben und Wirken wurden bislang ihre Beförderungen der Künste entweder nur beiläufig betrachtet oder gar gering eingeschätzt. Da sie jedoch eine passionierte Sängerin und geübte Tänzerin war, Klavier, Gitarre und Harfe spielte, täglich mit der Literatur ihrer Zeit sich vertraut machte und am Konzert- sowie Theaterleben rege teilnahm, wird in diesem Buch erstmals anhand von Tagebüchern, Briefen und anderen Quellen ihr Können und Engagement detaillierter erschlossen. Sie vermochte es während der Jahre 1793 bis 1810 den Hof der Hohenzollern zu öffnen für das Sololied und den Chorgesang, für bürgerliche Tänze (z.B. den Walzer) und die Literatur der Weimarer Klassiker. Queen Luise of Prussia (1776-1810) occupies a prominent position among the royal women of her day. She was admired by Goethe, Schiller, Heinrich von Kleist, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Carl Friedrich Zelter, and even by Napoleon, her political opponent. Previous books about her life and work have given only cursory attention to her encouragement of the arts or have very much underestimated it. However, she was a passionate singer and practised dancer, played the piano, guitar and harp, kept in daily touch with the literature of the day and was an enthusiast for the theatre and concerts. For the first time this book uses diaries, letters and other original sources to reveal in detail the extent of her abilities and interest. Between 1793 and 1810 she opened the Hohenzollern court to solo and choral singing, to bourgeois dances (e.g. the waltz) and to the literature of Weimar classicism.
Exclusively from Audible Having received strict and confidential orders from high above, C.S. Forester´s inimitable hero must recapture The Flame, a brig which has been taken over by a band of mutineers. Voyaging to the Bay of Seine in order to rescue the captive Lieutenant Augustin Chadwick from his disloyal crew, Horatio Hornblower must once more fight for the freedom and safety of his people and country. In an unexpected turn of events, the now world-weary captain Hornblower is propelled towards the gates of his mortal enemy: Napoleon Bonaparte. Having spent a lifetime trying to defeat the French empire, Horatio is desperate to overthrow his opponents once and for all, but with so many odds against him, the threat of failure hangs in the air. Hailed by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Sir Winston Churchill for being ´admirable and vastly entertaining,´ C.S. Forester became a hugely influential 20th-century author. Born in Cairo, raised in London and buried in California, the metropolitan writer experienced huge success with his Horatio Hornblower series as well as with his later works, The African Queen and The Good Shepherd. His literary genius is perfectly encapsulated within this endlessly entertaining narrative, and his heroic protagonist draws us in to another titillating journey through the Napoleonic wars. Narrator Biography Christian Rodska is an English television and voice actor best known for his role in the 1970s series Follyfoot. From the The Monuments Men and The Eagle of the Ninth to The Likely Lads, Z Cars, The Tomorrow People, Coronation Street, Bergerac and Casualty, his extensive and diverse acting career has led him to become a highly solicited radio and audiobook narrator. He has now voiced over 150 unabridged audiobooks including Winston Churchill´s biographi... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christian Rodska. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/003899/bk_bbcw_003899_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the #1 bestselling author of The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross comes an exciting new book on the greatest minds of military leadership in history. Whether it is Hannibal of Carthage marching elephants across the Alps and attacking the heart of Rome, Khalid ibn al-Walid boasting an undefeated military career and destroying the Persian Empire while subduing the Byzantines, or Russian General Alexander Suvurov and his elevation of the bayonet to a work of art that could cut down any European army, great military leaders have exerted tremendous influence on society. This book will look at the lives of the 10 greatest military commanders in history. Some conquered the fullest expanse of the known world, as did Alexander the Great. Still others were master statesmen and capable of translating military victory into long-term political gains, such as Julius Caesar, whose vanquishing of the Gauls and his political opponents laid the groundwork for several centuries of unmatchable Roman imperial might. It will also look at the tactics they used to bring down stronger armies and befuddle them at every turn; whether it is Napoleon, who nearly conquered Europe through his deadly manoeuvre sur les derrieres and marching unexpectedly away from the enemy´s main strength and concentrating on a weak but vital enemy point; or Hannibal´s double entrapment maneuver, which has been the envy of military strategists for the last 2,000 years. Whatever their background, these rulers show that the right military commander at the right time in history can destroy an empire, change civilization, and alter the course of world history forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Pierce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014308/bk_acx0_014308_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eleven compelling BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas telling the stories of the Russian tsars. Broadcast to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this extraordinary drama cycle by Mike Walker comprises 11 ambitious plays spanning over 400 years, exploring the lives of Russia’s key rulers from Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin. Ivan the Terrible: Absolute Power - the rise and fearsome reign of the first Tsar of All Russia. Starring David Threlfall as Ivan IV. Boris Godunov: Ghosts - did Boris Godunov have Ivan the Terrible´s son killed? And what happened when the murdered boy came back from the dead - leading an army? Starring Shaun Dooley as Boris Godunov. Peter the Great: The Gamblers - Moscow, 1682 and two joint tsars rule: one, Ivan, is feeble-minded and the other is Peter, a child of 10 years old. Starring Will Howard as Peter. Peter the Great: Queen of Spades - distracted by his new capital, St Petersburg, and wife Catherine, Peter ignores his opponents: until his own son Alexei declares his colours. Starring Elliot Cowan as Peter. Catherine the Great: Husbands, Lovers and Sons - did Catherine foresee the consequences of staging a coup d´état against her husband the Tsar? Or did she want him dead from the start? Starring Samantha Spiro as Catherine II. Alexander I: Into the Woods - the story of the reluctant Tsar who took on the greatest threat Russia had ever faced - Napoleon Bonaparte - and won. Starring Joel MacCormack as Alexander I. Alexander II: The People’s Will - revolutionary terrorist cell The People’s Will is determined to assassinate the Tsar. But in the struggle between autocracy and socialism, there can be only one winner. Starring Joseph Millson as Alexander. Nikolai II: Three Hundred Years - ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hugo Speer, Amanda Root, Paul Ritter, Anton Lesser, Samantha Spiro, Hattie Morahan, David Threlfall, Raymond Coulthard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/003834/bk_rhuk_003834_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hannibal was a Punic Carthaginian military commander, generally considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. His father, Hamilcar Barca, was the leading Carthaginian commander during the First Punic War, his younger brothers were Mago and Hasdrubal, and he was brother-in-law to Hasdrubal the Fair. Hannibal lived during a period of great tension in the Mediterranean, when the Roman Republic established its supremacy over other great powers such as Carthage, the Hellenistic kingdoms of Macedon, Syracuse, and the Seleucid empire. One of his most famous achievements was at the outbreak of the Second Punic War, when he marched an army, which included war elephants, from Iberia over the Pyrenees and the Alps into northern Italy. In his first few years in Italy, he won three dramatic victories?Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae, in which he distinguished himself for his ability to determine his and his opponent´s strengths and weaknesses, and to play the battle to his strengths and the enemy´s weaknesses?and won over many allies of Rome. Hannibal occupied much of Italy for 15 years, but a Roman counter-invasion of North Africa forced him to return to Carthage, where he was decisively defeated by Scipio Africanus at the Battle of Zama. Scipio had studied Hannibal´s tactics and brilliantly devised some of his own, and finally defeated Rome´s nemesis at Zama, having previously driven Hasdrubal, Hannibal´s brother, out of the Iberian Peninsula. Often regarded as one of the greatest military strategists in history, Hannibal would later be considered one of the greatest generals of antiquity, together with Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Scipio, and Pyrrhus of Epirus. Plutarch states that, when questioned by Scipio as to who was the greatest general, Hannibal is said to have replied either Alexander or Pyrrhus, then himself, or, according to another version of the event, Pyrrhus, Scipio, then himself. Military historian Theodore Ayrault Dodge once famously called Hannibal the ´´father of strategy´´, because his greatest enemy, Rome, came to adopt elements of his military tactics in its own strategic arsenal. This praise has earned him a strong reputation in the modern world, and he was regarded as a great strategist by men like Napoleon Bonaparte.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote of many dreadful murders, but the one which astonished and distressed readers the most was when the author, anxious to try something new, killed off Sherlock Holmes. Trapped in mortal combat with the dastardly Professor Moriarty, Holmes and his opponent plunged to their deaths in the Reichenback Fall. For 10 long years, Baker Street was without its most revered resident. Then, in 1903, Doyle took pity on his readers and brought the sagacious sleuth back to life. The stories included in this masterful book tell of his return. Cases of mysterious codes, persecuted millionaires, stalkers, abductions, and a meeting with ‘the worst man in London’ are all attacked with renewed vigour. But Holmes’ old enemies are watching his every move. ´´The Adventure of the Empty House´´, ´´The Adventure of the Norwood Builder´´, ´´The Adventure of the Dancing Men´´, ´´The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist´´, ´´The Adventure of the Priory School´´, ´´The Adventure of Black Peter´´, ´´The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton´´, ´´The Adventure of the Six Napoleons´´, ´´The Adventure of the Three Students´´, ´´The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez´´, ´´The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter´´,´´ The Adventure of the Abbey Grange´´, and ´´The Adventure of the Second Stain´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ralph Cosham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004192/bk_blak_004192_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.