Heroes of History: A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern Age
Simon and Schuster, 2002 M04 23 - 351 páginas
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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One soldier returned, as we gather from the happiest of these odes, beautifully translated by Helen Waddell: The morning-glory climbs above my head, Pale flowers of white and purple, blue and red. I am disquieted.
“Dishonesty and dissoluteness,” say Chinese records, “were ashamed, and hid their heads. Loyalty and good faith became the characteristics of the men, and chastity and docility of the women. Confucius became the idol of the people.
For a day the ministers consulted and fretted, fearing for their offices and their heads. The Minister Ho Chi-chang approached the throne, and said: Your subject presumes to announce to your Majesty that there is a poet of great merit, ...
I raised my head and looked out on the mountain-moon; I bowed my head and thought of my far-off home. Now, as his hair grew white, his heart was flooded with longing for the scenes of his youth. How many times, in the artificial life of ...
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - DLMorrese - LibraryThing
Durant's 'heroes' of history are far from perfect. In most cases, their flaws exceed their virtues. But there is no doubt they were all influential. What I find most interesting is that in times of ... Leer comentario completo
HEROES OF HISTORY: A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern AgeCrítica de los usuarios - 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 ... Leer comentario completo
The Human Christ
The Growth of the Church
The Renaissance I Around Leonardo
The Renaissance II Rome
The Renaissance III Venetian Sunset
The Reformation I Wyclif and Erasmus
The Reformation II 151755 Luther and the Communists
The Catholic Reformation 151763
From Plato to Alexander
The Roman Republic
The Roman Revolution
The Roman Empire 27 BCAD 180
Nero and Aurelius
Shakespeare and Bacon
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