A Toast From Dublin July 18th, 2016cameron
Well we’ve been threatening to do this for YEARS and it’s finally happened. David and I recorded a new podcast! About US politics! I know, I know – some of you HATE that idea – but the good news is, you don’t have to listen to it!
However, if you DO want to hear David and I discuss the recent US government shutdown – helped by a guest, Doug LaFollette, Secretary of State of Wisconsin – then go over to my blog. If you don’t – then don’t. There’s a TINY bit of Napoleon news at the very end of the podcast, just to keep y’all happy. Happy Battle Of Leipzig anniversary!
No, it isn’t over! At least I hope not! David and I have a show scheduled tomorrow with Australian Napoleonic scholar / author Philip Dwyer (Napoleon: The Path To Power). Stay tuned!
Just a reminder that if you’re looking for an easy way to listen to the entire Napoleon 101 archives – and you have iTunes installed – then go to the Napoleon 101 iTunes homepage. While you are there, feel free to review the show!
(Welcome everyone who is visiting for the first time from iTunes!)
David and I have FINALLY got our act together and started a podcast about Julius Caesar! This isn’t the LONG series, but it will probably be a few episodes. Check it out on the Biography Show.
I’m not sure if it’s because of all the hype that Twitter has been getting in the US media lately, or if it’s because he’s just a hipster, but my friend J. David Markham has set up a Twitter account. Keep track of the daily life of the President! (… of the International Napoleonic Society…).
While in Paris last July, after the Ajaccio INS Congress, I had the pleasure of meeting one of our listeners face-to-face – Nicholas Stark, an 18-year old Napoleon student who lives in Philadelphia. In his own words, Nicholas is “devout young historian, specializing in Napoleonic history”. He recently received the exciting news that he has been granted a scholarship to attend the American University of Paris, where he will be studying Napoleonic history and the French language. However the scholarship is quite small and he’s trying to raise the funds needed to continue his studies. You can read his story (and review his resume) on his blog. If anyone out there can help Nicholas achieve his dream of furthering his Napoleonic studies to become the next J. David Markham, please contact him on [email protected] or 267-226-2593.
Many thanks to Ryan Crombie who discovered an online version of Stanley Kubrick’s 1969 Napoleon screenplay! As we discussed on the show, the film was unfortunately never produced, in part because Sergei Bondarchuk’s film WATERLOO (1970) was a commercial flop. I really look forward to reading through this! Read more about the film here.
It’s a really great essay. Here’s the final paragraph as a teaser:
It was not Bonaparte’s fault. He did all that in him lay to live and thrive without moral principle. It was the nature of things, the eternal law of man and of the world which baulked and ruined him; and the result, in a million experiments, will be the same. Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail. The pacific Fourier will be as inefficient as the pernicious Napoleon. As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. Our riches will leave us sick; there will be bitterness in our laughter, and our wine will burn our mouth. Only that good profits which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men.
If you visit the Napoleon 101 homepage, on the right-hand sidebar you’ll see options to add Cameron to Twitter and Facebook and also a Members section! You can use your Google ID to login and see other members. I’m not that any of these things actually add value but I’m just playing around with Google Friend Connect.