Heroes of History: A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern Age

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 23, 2002 - History - 351 pages
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In the tradition of his own bestselling masterpieces The Story of Civilization and The Lessons of History, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Will Durant traces the lives and ideas of those who have helped to define civilization, from its dawn to the beginning of the modern world.

Heroes of History is a book of life-enhancing wisdom and optimism, complete with Durant's wit, knowledge, and unique ability to explain events and ideas in simple, exciting terms. It is the lessons of our heritage passed on for the edification and benefit of future generations—a fitting legacy from America's most beloved historian and philosopher.

Will Durant's popularity as America's favorite teacher of history and philosophy remains undiminished by time. His books are accessible to readers of every kind, and his unique ability to compress complicated ideas and events into a few pages without ever "talking down" to the reader, enhanced by his memorable wit and a razor-sharp judgment about men and their motives, made all of his books huge bestsellers. 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.
 

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HEROES OF HISTORY: A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern Age

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The result of an unfinished manuscript discovered 20 years after the author's death, here are 21 chapters of world history, from ancient China to Shakespeare.Durant (1885-1981) was near 90 on ... Read full review

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User Review  - richardbsmith - LibraryThing

I loved reading this book. 2500 years in very broad and bright brush strokes. People, places, events, ideas forming the tapestry mostly of Western civilization. Each image merging with the previous ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
9
WHAT IS CIVILIZATION?
15
CONFUCIUS AND THE BANISHED ANGEL
21
INDIA
33
FROM THE PYRAMIDS TO IKHNATON
42
PHILOSOPHY AND POETRY IN
55
THE ROAD TO PERICLES
67
THE GOLDEN AGE OF ATHENS
78
NERO AND AURELIUS
149
THE HUMAN CHRIST
159
THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH
170
THE RENAISSANCE
184
THE RENAISSANCE II ROME
214
THE RENAISSANCE III
236
THE REFORMATION
245
THE REFORMATION II 151755
267

FROM PLATO TO ALEXANDER
94
THE ROMAN REPUBLIC
110
THE ROMAN REVOLUTION
124
THE ROMAN EMPIRE
141
THE CATHOLIC REFORMATION
293
SHAKESPEARE AND BACON
306
Index
331
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Will Durant (1885–1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (1968) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977). 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). A champion of human rights issues, such as the brotherhood of man and social reform, long before such issues were popular, Durant’s writing still educates and entertains readers around the world. 

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