Heroes: A History of Hero Worship

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 24, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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Beginning beneath the walls of Troy and culminating in 1930s Europe, a magisterial exploration of the nature of heroism in Western civilization.

In this riveting and insightful cultural history, Lucy Hughes-Hallett brings to life eight exceptional men from history and myth to explore our timeless need for heroes. As she re-creates these extraordinary lives, Hughes-Hallett illuminates the attractions and dangers of hero worship. This is a fascinating book about dictatorship and democracy, seduction and mass hysteria, politics and culture, and the tensions between being good and being great.


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Contents

PROLOGUE
IACHILLES
IIALCIBIADES
IIICATO
IVEL CID
VFRANCIS DRAKE
VIWALLENSTEIN
VIIGARIBALDI
VIIIODYSSEUS
AUTHORS NOTE
REFERENCES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
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About the author (2010)

Lucy Hughes-Hallett is a critic for The Sunday Times (London) and the author of Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions. She lives in London with her husband and daughter, and is at work on a book about Gabriele d'Annunzio and the origins of Italian fascism.


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