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  • The Wisdom of History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
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    Do the lessons passed down to us by history, lessons whose origins may lie hundreds, even thousands of years in the past, still have value for us today? Is Santayana's oft-repeated saying, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," merely a way to offer lip service to history as a teacher-or can we indeed learn from it? And if we can, what is it that we should be learning?

    Cary says: "Very engaging history of the 20th Century"
    "More like a personal oppinion rather than a scient"
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    What disappointed you about The Wisdom of History?

    The total lack of objectivity, or the proof of extraordinary claims. Appealing on fictional writings as historic documents.


    Has The Wisdom of History turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has greatly shaken my trust in the value of the Great Courses series.


    Have you listened to any of Professor J. Rufus Fears’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was the first and probably the last.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment of the value of the Great Courses series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are really contemplating on buying this course, just go to a pub and listen to the rumblings of an old drunk. It may be cheaper and more plausible.

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