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Reading Napoleon: A Life by Adam Zamoyski now:

'What I have done so far is nothing,' he said to Miot de Melito and the Italian statesman Francesco Melzi d'Eril as they strolled in the gardens of Mombello one summer day. 'I am only at the beginning of the career I must pursue. Do you think it is to enhance the position of the lawyers of the directory, the Carnots, the Barrases, that I have been winning victories in Italy? And do you think it is in order to establish a republic? What nonsense! A republic of thirty million people! With our manners and our vices! It is an impossibility! It is a dream with which the French are in love, but it will pass like so many others. They want glory, they want their vanity to be satisfied, but liberty? They don't understand it all.
by das monde on Sun Sep 15th, 2019 at 07:29:27 PM EST
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Not much of a leader. Didn't father any successful sons.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 06:46:00 AM EST
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Neither then Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great.
by das monde on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 09:24:49 AM EST
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Indeed. Doesn't this rather weaken your thesis about dominant males spreading their genes around?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 10:40:06 AM EST
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My thesis? That obsession with the best seed is a nature trap?
by das monde on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 11:21:20 AM EST
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