Loved it! Experienced many emotions while listening to this audiobook. What I love most and will treasure is the author's perspective on history. Schools I attended might have engaged my interest more with that perspective.
Grover Gardner is great, the book's contents are nice, too. However the professional narrative is interspersed with interviews had with the author at an exceedingly advanced age. The interviewer asks poor questions and the author is hardly understandable. At times the author speaks contrary not only to his own responses but also to the material from the actual work.
If you have ever complained about a book dragging on or taking ten pages to cover what could have been presented in just one then this book is not it. It is a quick review of Durant's conclusions about the success and failure of civilizations. I thought the book was well done and it included recorded discussions with Durant between each chapter which were very interesting. We have all heard it; a civilization that does not know the history of the success and failures of other civilizations is doomed to relive the mistakes of the past. This is your chance to hear a summary of all the major civilizations and their eventual demise and the reason they failed according to Durant. From the information presented in this book you can extend your reading to a more detailed look at a civilization that interests you.
Funny how the wife rides the husband and co-author. not everything is consistent messages but how could you with history. yet the author trys to.