Location 1139: “Man is born free but is everywhere in chains,” wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau in The Social Contract in 1762.
Location 1160: Slavery was one...moreLocation 1139: “Man is born free but is everywhere in chains,” wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau in The Social Contract in 1762.
Location 1160: Slavery was one thing for the empire, however, and another thing entirely within France itself.
Location 1236: Everything is free in a Kingdom where liberty is seated at the foot of the throne, where the least subject finds in the heart of his king the feelings of a father.… No one is [a] slave in France.”
Location 1240: The problem was not slaves in France. The problem was blacks in France.
Location 1362: In late-eighteenth-century France, the term “American” was usually used synonymously with “man of color.”
Location 1372: Louis XVI’s government supported the Americans to get back at England for France’s humiliating defeat in the Seven Years’ War— for the loss of French North America and humiliation in French India.
Location 1860: The Estates-General got its name from the traditional division of France into three “estates”: clergy, nobility, and commoners.
Location 1897: Yet on July 14, instead of doing their job and defending the Bastille, the French Guards joined the rioters, and would soon declare themselves the National Guard.
Location 1924: It is said that when the mayor first presented the cockade to the king, it was only red and blue. Then Lafayette stepped in to propose adding the Bourbon color white to acknowledge the king’s gesture of accepting the Revolution.
Location 2010: These words were written by Lafayette, with the help of Thomas Jefferson, then serving as American ambassador in Paris, and formed the preamble to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, approved by the National Assembly in that tumultuous month.
Location 2040: The hall’s strange, narrow design, with tiered seating on both sides, caused the deputies to divide themselves according to their political opinions: radicals to the left of the Assembly’s president, conservatives to his right, the origin of the political terms “left” and “right.”
Location 2101: For the first time Louis used his new title, “King of the French”— not “King of France”— thus symbolizing his duty to the people.
Location 2395: The government had already begun experimenting with a new system for recruiting fighting men based on an archaic French model dating back hundreds of years: the “free legions,” units independent of the regular army that could be called up in war and disbanded during times of peace.
Location 3730: He was disturbed by the generals’ growing idolization of General Bonaparte.
Location 3781: The man the Austrians called the Black Devil continued to rout them out of the Adige River Valley.
Location 3831: Napoleon also gave Dumas a new nom de guerre, hailing him as “the Horatius Cocles of the Tyrol”— high praise indeed in that era.
Location 4081: He (Napoleon) was a dictator, a destroyer, and a harbinger of totalitarian leaders to come; he was also a liberator from a tyranny that had stalked Europe for a thousand years.
Location 5147: France had a new government, with Napoleon appointed first consul at the head of a ruling body of three consuls.
Location 5151: The decade of French republicanism and democracy— the age of seemingly infinite emancipation, with all its expansive horrors and hopes— was over.
Location 5460: Citizens! The Revolution is made fast to the principles which began it; it is finished.”*
Location 5779: And of course Napoleon is ultimately the man behind Edmond Dantès’s suffering and imprisonment;
This is a splendid historical research work performed by Tom Reiss revealing the military career of Dumas' father - the Black Count. (less)
This is the second book of the The Civil War: 1861-1865 series.
In this book, the author describes four days of the Battle of Gettysburg in the America...moreThis is the second book of the The Civil War: 1861-1865 series.
In this book, the author describes four days of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War.
Through the vision of the four main characters, Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet for the Confederacy, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and John Buford for the Union, the author describes the battle of Gettysburg.
The Battle of Gettysburg, by Thure de Thulstrup
Page 29-30: "Some of us volunteered to fight for Union. Some came in mainly because we were bored at home and this looked like it might be fun. Some came because we were ashamed not to. Many of us came ... because it was the right thing to do. All of us have seen men die. Most of us never saw a black man back home. We think on that, too. But freedom... is not just a word."
Page 61: "The day of the one-battle war is over, I think. It used to be that you went out to fight in the morning and by sundown the issue was decided and the king was dead and the war was usually over. Nut now...now it goes on and on. Was has changed Lewis. They all expect one smashing victory. Waterloo and all that. But I think that kind of war is over. We have trenches now. And it's a different thing, you know, to ask a man to fight from a trench. Any man can charge briefly in the morning. But to ask a man to fight from a trench, day after day..."
Page 119: Once Chamberlain had a speech memorized from Shakespeare and gave it proudly, the old man listening but not looking, and Chamberlain remembered it still: "What a piece of work is man ... in action how like an angel!" And the old man, grinning, had scratched his head and then said stiffly, "Well, boy, if he's an angel, he's sure a murderin' angel." And Chamberlain had gone on to school to make an oration on the subject: Man, the Killer Angel.
This book is a reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear.
Nevertheless, Jane Smiley knew majestically how to portray the s...moreJust arrived from USA through BM.
This book is a reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear.
Nevertheless, Jane Smiley knew majestically how to portray the story of a family in Iowa. The patriarch decides to share his farm to his three daughters but not everything happens as planned.
I watched A Thousand Acres (1997) the movie a long time ago but I still do remember the magnificent work performed by the actresses Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer acting as Ginny and Rose respectively.
An astonishing first novel by Junot Diaz with plenty of magical realism. His style of writing reminds me the works of Maria Vargas Llosa and Gabriel G...moreAn astonishing first novel by Junot Diaz with plenty of magical realism. His style of writing reminds me the works of Maria Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.(less)