1 Durant_Will_-_The_story_of_civilization_10 byWill Durant "One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and. The Lessons of History evolved out of a second reading of The Story of Will and Ariel Durants' renowned ten volume historical account of history .. On the decline and rebuilding of civilizations, Will Durant saw the decline of a . Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time () and Heroes of History: A Brief file, or a pdf file. Editorial Reviews. jinzihao.info Review. In this collection of biographical and historical rise of civilizations. Still, fans of Durant's brand of sweeping narrative history will enjoy having these final words from the master. --Gregory McNamee.
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Heroes of History by Will Durant - In the tradition of his own bestselling masterpieces The Story of Civilization and The Lessons of History, Pulitzer. Heroes of History also reveals a more candid and personal Will Durant. Perhaps it was his age or a greater sense of freedom that comes with having spent over. In the tradition of his own bestselling masterpieces "The Story of Civilization" and "The Lessons of History, " Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant here.
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Heroes of History carries on this tradition of making scholarship and philosophy understandable to the general reader, and making them good reading, as well. At the dawn of a new millennium and the beginning of a new century, nothing could be more appropriate than this brilliant book that examines the meaning of human civilization and history and draws from the experience of the past the lessons we need to know to put the future into context and live in confidence, rather than fear and ignorance.
He spent more than fifty years writing his critically acclaimed eleven-volume series, The Story of Civilization the later volumes written in conjunction with his wife, Ariel.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. It was just too much for a tyro like myself, especially at the time. Here's his Wikipedia bio: His biography is important when reading any of his books since he's not shy about putting his own philosophy into his interpretation of historical events.
Durant seems to hold the authority of the man of the family over the family as one of the cornerstones of civilization. This is not an unreasonable attitude on his part given the time he lived, but it, like the Christian religion, is fundamental to his interpretations. Civilizations start with many restrictions, but a unity of purpose generally survival , until they achieve a certain level of success.
It's a scary thought since we seem to be in just such a position at this time. Some of the heights of civilization were enjoyed under smart, benevolent tyrants.
He sees the main cause of societal decay as the corruption of morals on every level from the individual on up, mostly due to the lack of religion. Both are important, but I don't think he ever said "Dark Ages". And then he goes over the Papacy several times from several different angles until I was totally bored with it. There was even a note of contempt for the peasants at times.
His interpretations of the former weren't really germane nor am I sure how accurate they are. Some clashed with other things I've read, but I'm not well enough informed nor interested enough to have an opinion. I can highly recommend the first half of this book.
Read it if you want an apologist view of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. View 2 comments.
Jan 30, Alex Telander rated it liked it Shelves: The well-known author of the last century, Will Durant, died in This manuscript was found only a year ago practically in its completed form. It is a treasure of the literary world. The result was a most unique series which had the unintended effect of appeari The well-known author of the last century, Will Durant, died in The result was a most unique series which had the unintended effect of appearing too daunting to average readers with its great size.
So in the seventies Durant began working on a single word that would condense the eleven volumes into one book, with twenty-two chapters on specific ages and people in the history of civilization.
While he was writing chapter twenty-two, he died shortly after the death of his wife. The manuscript disappeared and was not discovered until Heroes of History is a book with a hundred history classes in just pages, a gem that any history buff should own. Originally published on May 13th For over book reviews, and over 40 exclusive author interviews both audio and written , visit BookBanter.
View 1 comment. Sep 25, Siddharth Nishar rated it really liked it Shelves: Durant took up the task of summarizing his epic eleven volume summarization of history in the interests of the average reader whose attention span grew shorter with the advent, development and cultivation of mass media. Durant has succeeded in presenting not just the facts but rather the tapestry of knowledge, untainted by his passion and emotion Durant took up the task of summarizing his epic eleven volume summarization of history in the interests of the average reader whose attention span grew shorter with the advent, development and cultivation of mass media.
Durant has succeeded in presenting not just the facts but rather the tapestry of knowledge, untainted by his passion and emotion when pulling together multitudes of narratives into a coherent story.
There is synthesis of a mind-boggling number of events and facts, opinions and judgments. Durant does all the hard work for you while leaving you space to decide what you want to feel about the matter.
The author sticks to his promise of narrating the story of man via its heroes, easing the consumption of the uncompromised complexity of the ages, intelligently carrying most of history in the CONTEXTS of the stories of men.
Focus is primarily on the interaction of the human and non-human entities.
The fluidity of these entities is beautifully captured as he traces them through the chapters, recalls earlier references and makes comparisons as if to say that history repeats itself, but only in graduations.
He zooms out and zooms in with practiced ease and lends to the book a variety of dimensions if not considerations. Caution should be practiced in reading the book, since like any other passionate author, his emotions carry biases, even if admirably checked.
He is frank with his favorites throughout history and does not hesitate to share awe or disgust, in measured terms. Philosophy is drawn out from acts of nations and men, reaffirming his claim of being a philospher that writes history.
Personally, these features add to the narration the verve that does more good than bad.
The book suffers in grace and rhythm, perhaps owing to the order of magnitude condensation of facts. One feels that the length of the book disallowed the author digressions that would have better carried his spirit if not his purpose.
There is omission: It is difficult to like this book and not ache to read the eleven volumes of Story of Civilization. Mar 01, Viji Bookish endeavors rated it really liked it Shelves: A book to treasure.. It was a wonderful experience,reading it.. Not too much beating around the bush,not too brief,this book describes just those things that influenced the history of mankind in a big way. It is more like a general reader's handbook of world history.
The personal touch in the writing style,rather than the dull descriptive way of writing,adds to the charm,giving one a feel of getting personally acquainted with most of the personalities described in the book..
But at certain place A book to treasure.. But at certain places I felt that he was becoming too Christian in his approach. And that's the only thing I felt uncomfortable about this book.. Well, to me this was a way to try something else for a while, something other than just fiction and literature.
So, I said why not go back to learn more history, as I am also a big fan of history and I do believe that we have so much to learn from what ever happened in the past, so we can be better prepared for what may happen in the near future. This is a very, very compressed version of the history of civilization and religion, but I would stress a lot the fact it is an extremely compressed ver Well, to me this was a way to try something else for a while, something other than just fiction and literature.
This is a very, very compressed version of the history of civilization and religion, but I would stress a lot the fact it is an extremely compressed version - there is a quick review of what happened over the years in history, but many, many events are left untouched or unmentioned. It is educative and we all can learn something from this book, but in my opinion, it is not to be taken as a full comprehensive version, as it is not.
I would categorize it as a pleasant review and a quick refresh of some of the most significant events and heroes in the history.
In my opinion, it is not however something to be used as a unique reference, as it lacks significant events. I've been absurdly busy lately, but with little listening here and a little there, I was able to finish this audiobook. I think the title in misleading. Its a brief history of 1,s of years crammed into pages. Durant spent most of his time writing about Rome, Greece, Jesus, church history, the renaissances, Popes, the crusades, the reformation and plenty of other tragedies.
Wonderful book. Its my first time reading Will Durrant and I am very impressed. He walks you through history with such familiarity you'd think he'd lived through it all. The book reads like a conversation rather than a lecture. Mar 22, Heidi Burkhart rated it it was amazing. Minecraft Hero. Anbar Ruth. BullShit TV. Heroes Del Silencio - Sirena Varada. Heroes Reborn: Dragon Ball Heroes. Heroes of The Storm Chen Trailer.
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