Straight forward conclusions and enough citations from other historians to understand the truth of it. Its a hard line, but no reason to disbelieve how the circle completes itself. While they suggest that changes can be made, they make it clear that they believe it is unlikely. History people will like this. Its fairly easy to understand how mankind continues to repeat the past.
I found it very interesting to hear the Durants' assessment of the events in history and learn the connections and conclusions that had been drawn by such outstanding students of history. It helped to put a variety of historical elements in perspective.
There are clearly some valuable lessons from history in the book, and the Durants really know their stuff, but they would have been better off sticky to the facts of history and inlcuding less of their personal philosophies.
Will and Ariel Durant have a wealth of knowledge that is distilled into this book. The interviews alone are a treasure.
Will and Ariel Durant are fascinating in their look at the meaning and significance of history. It is not, however, a book mainstream history buffs would enjoy. It is dry, pedantic, and dense at moments, and if the reader/listener is not a professional historian or a VERY avid amateur this work will not be an enjoyable listen.
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The presentation style made the book a somewhat stilted. While the subject matter was excellent, the way it was told and going back and interviewing the authors using very poor quality audio did not add to my evaluation of this book. Good for a quick over view but there are better books if you want an overview of history and philosophy
I enjoyed this very much. The interviews were good (although a few were poor audio quality). It is always easier to like a book when the general position is in agreement with your own. His observations on history are informative although not always the way I look at them. Durrant has a very materialistic (non-spiritual) prism he looks though, but the interesting thing is that it leads him to many of the same conclusions that a more spiritual person would draw. I think the most fascinating aspect is his obvious conversion from a socialistic perspective to a more devine perspective (although not necessarily supporting or believing in God, he supports man's needs for such a concept). A good listen - even the second time through.
The most insightful vision of Philosophy and History I have ever encountered. Durant's work is absolute genius!!
This book is interesting only from the perspective that it was written a while back and we can see that almost without fail every prediction of future trends based on the authors academic studies was completely and utterly wrong. This book stands as a testament to the the bias ingrained in academia, the utter failure of leftist intellectuals to understand the world or interpret reality.