Will Durant started out caught up in the socialist ferver of his time and one will find remnants of that in his writing. Yet the breadth of what he wrote trumps any idealogical subtleties and places him firmly in the company of such timeless writers as Wells and Gibbon. Reading Durant I find myself so appreciative of this supremely educated man's breadth of perspective that he matched with a humble lack of presumption (an amazing feat for someone so learned). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. Who wouldn't want to read the conclusions of a man who spent over half a century studying, synthesizing, and writing The Story of Civilization. WONDERFUL!
Dr. Schlesinger does a masterful job of detailing the exceptional nature of the American experiment, why it has endured, and the adolescent & intellectually dishonest philosophies that are popularly attempting to dismantle it. The philosophies themselves would be laughable had their purveyors not captured tenured chairs at some of our finest universities and been provided uncritical support and promotion by our entertainment and media establishment. I consume 25-30 audiobooks & lecture series a year and have done so for nigh 15 or so years now. This one holds an honored place near the top of that great library and is one I will return to in the fullness of time. Highly recommended.
What a pleasure it is to listen to men who've spent their lives learning and writing our history. They have such an accomplished knowledge and are so articulate and passionate for the periods they study. And Roger Mudd is just a wonderful interviewer. I downloaded this several years ago and have listened to it probably a dozen times or more since. Whenever I need a pick me up, listening to David McCullough's passion for our history will do the trick. He's just a national treasure. Download this title and don't look back... you won't regret it.
The story is enchanting enough, but Mr. Jarvis' reading and voices make it just splendid. This reader is very glad to have listened to rather than read this classic and gives this version an unqualified endorsement. Excellent!
"Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself." Milton Friedman
"The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind."
- Thomas Jefferson
"We are apt to forget that the vast majority of men and women who fell under the totalitarian spell were activated by unselfish motives, ready to accept the role of martyr or executioner, as the cause demanded."
- Arthur Koestler
Equating anything in modern America with the murderous totalitarian regimes (Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Communist USSR) that ravaged the European continent in the 20th century is simply leftist hyperbole. However, likening religious to political totalitarianism has some merit and Mr. Berman does a fair job of it. Leftys, please argue based on ideas....... oh, I forgot, your ideas have been soundly defeated by history itself.
Read this book. Classic liberalism (what might be termed libertarianism today) appeals to the best in us, leftist hyperbole to the worst.
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