One of the best !
A very entertaining and informative presentation on the evolution of Western Civilization, contrasted with what were the previous leading Asian (Chinese) and middle-eastern civilizations. A good compliment to "Guns, germs, and steel".
Not suitable for film...
Well worth listening to!
Humanity's History Explained
I loved how he tied the book and history in with his "killer apps". The ah-ha moments were many and it was very interesting to hear why we are declining and China is rising, again.
He is a great Teacher and I would love to listen to him, anytime. I have so little time to sit and Just Read and so, sharing this with my husband (who never reads) was wonderful.
There were so many. We listened to this book while driving through a lot of the West and found ourselves nodding and grunting as we learned something new or had something reiterated to us.
Thank you for this great work. It was an enormous undertaking and so very important.
A little left-leaning and very curious
Great coverage of the major themes of Western Civilization. Delightful to listen to in the author's voice and accent.
Yes. It has so much information in each chapter that it was impossible to absorb it all in a single reading.
The chapter on competition was fascinating.
If he did all of the reading, which includes quotes by people of various nationalities, then he really added to the story by using accents and dialects that reflect the nationality of the person being quoted.
No. I read it as a recommendation from a colleague after reading Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.
This knowledge of the past is important to understanding what the future may be.
The view of China, past and future, is fascinating.
The narration is outstanding.
It makes you have very serious thoughts about where the West, and more importantly, where the US is headed.
This is one of the better overall studies of history.
Challenging thoughts and theories that support his conclusions and play to my personal bias in many areas.
Perhaps a better narrator than he is an author. In reading his own work we know that the tone is perfect.
This audiobook gives a good overview of the different factors that make up a strong civilization or culture. Although the writer is a Westerner, he does show the strengths (and weaknesses) of Western culture. I live in Asia and have found myself asking some of the same questions. It affirms some of my thoughts on this. This is only an introduction to the topic, but it is a good summary.
Conquest and Cultures by Thomas Sowell
It's a long book, and I preferred listening to the facts and story VS reading.
Brought histroy to life...going back a long long way! I wish history had been taught this way, with key themes, when I was a kid and beyond. Most interesting!
The book touches on our modern thinking...computer "apps" and brings historical context into todays world. I have a far richer appreciation for what is happening around the world and some of the possible compelling reaons, after listening to this book. Would not usually lisen to a book like this, but glad I did.
Yes. I also saw the PBS special. Ferguson is good at painting with broad strokes and brings western civilization back to the fore after two decades of cultural relativism and "world history" replacing western civ courses on most university curriculums. per Ferguson the West has been a victim of its own success. If other cultures are so superior to Western, then why did they not come to dominate. The answers are revealing and today these other cultures are literally racing to Westernize.
the descriptions of Cheng He's imperial treasure fleet in the 14th century, more than 100 years before Columbus kicked off the European period of Exploration and conquest.
Can't get any better than "The West and the Rest."
The time was not well spent. Buy the print version and read it yourself.
The information and story lines were very good.
The narrator unwisely attempted to act out the imagined voices of some of his characters. The author should let others narrate his books.
There is much too much material for a movie. It would be well done as an HBO series.
I would love to hear someone else narrate the book