The Triumph of Liberty: A 2,000-year History, Told Through the Lives of Freedom's Greatest Champions

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Free Press, 2000 - History - 574 pages
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The Triumph of Liberty is a dramatic and original narrative about a quest stretching from ancient times to the present day. It is the story of people struggling to abolish slavery, stop wars, overthrow tyrants and win freedom for all. Through the lives of 65 heroes and heroines, Jim Powell offers a panoramic sweep through epochal events, including the crisis of the Roman Republic, the Reformation, the English Civil Wars, the American Revolution, the abolitionist movement, and the struggle for women's right.

These are the stories of men and women who have overcome great obstacles. Fifteen of the people profiled here were exiled; twelve imprisoned; two beheaded; and one shot to death. Many came from humble beginnings, yet they gave us a great deal, from natural rights and religious toleration to individualism and the liberation of women.

Based on biographies, diaries, and interviews with leading scholars, The Triumph of Liberty uses beautifully written biographies as the building blocks of a grand narrative. Inspiring and instructive, it belongs in every family library.

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THE TRIUMPH OF LIBERTY: A 2,000-Year History, Told Through the Lives of Freedom's Greatest Champions

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The varieties of human aspirations to be free, deftly conveyed in a volume of biographical portraits.Stories of how humans strive to satisfy their thirst for freedom seem always to move us. Powell ... Read full review

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There was quite a bit of interesting material but it was disjointed and not very well organized. Read full review


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JIM POWELL, editor of Laissez Faire Books, has been a senior fellow at the Cato Institute since 1988. He is the author of the bestselling book The Triumph of Liberty, which the Wall Street Journal called "a literary achievement," and he has written more than 400 articles for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Money magazine, Reason, and numerous other national publications. A world-renowned historian, Mr. Powell studied under Daniel Boorstin and William McNeill at the University of Chicago, and he has lectured across the United States as well as in England, Germany, Japan, Brazil, and Argentina. He lives in Connecticut.

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