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Michael

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  • Heroes of History

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    At Will Durant's death at 96, in 1981, his personal papers were dispersed among relatives, collectors, and archive houses. Twenty years later, scholar John Little discovered the previously unknown manuscript of Heroes of History in Durant's granddaughter's garage. Written shortly before he died, these 21 essays serve as an abbreviated version of Durant's best-selling, 11-volume series, The Story of Civilization.

    John says: "A celebration of history"
    "Incredible Overview of World History"
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    The Hero's of History is a great overview of world (mostly focused on Western) history but ironically you would probably need a pretty decent world history background to keep up and like some other reviewers have mentioned you will need to dig deeper into the subjects that interest you. What is truly enjoyable here is Will Durant's prose read by Grover Gardner making the narrative even more appealing as Gardner's voice is what I would imagine someone as wise as Durant would sound. However, The "Dark Ages" as they used to be called are all but abandoned by the narrative again highlighting the emphasis on western culture while forgetting that much of the rest of the world was flourishing. Religion and particularly Christianity is placed at the forefront of much of the discussion but is reminiscent of a man who has found his faith as he came to terms with his own mortality in the twilight of his life as well as the outlook of a historical philosopher who saw the cultural forces like religion are often the drivers of change in humanity overtime. I recommend this book only because it is written by Will Durant, it accomplished what it could in such a limited amount of time but world history and its significance can not be boiled down to 12 hours.


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