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Heroes of History | [Will Durant]

Heroes of History

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. Durant traces the lives and ideas of those who have helped to define civilization, from Confucius to Shakespeare, from the Roman Empire to the Reformation, spanning thousands of years of human history. A volume of life-enhancing wit and wisdom, Heroes of History draws upon Durant's expansive knowledge and singular ability to translate distant events and complex ideas into easily accessible principles.

©2001 John Little, Monica Ariel Mihell, and William James Durant Easton; (P)2003 The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 11-30-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2011

    No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.

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    "For the love of history"

    No one loves history more than Will Durant. And arguably, no one writes more eloquently or vividly about history than he does.
    It's hard to convey the superlative experience of listening to an audiobook written by Will Durant and narrated by Grover Gardner. History is revealed in the characters, while insights are gained through the analysis of significant events and those who witnessed them.
    Durant's writing is transcendent—his use of language triumphant.
    As for Grover Gardner—he has no equal in the reading of historical prose. With his narration, stories come to reality, and characters come to life.
    This is a wonderful book.

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    Darren Epping, Australia 01-09-12
    Darren Epping, Australia 01-09-12
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    "History like you have never heard it before"
    Would you try another book from Will Durant and/or Grover Gardner?

    no the guy is all over the place and I have little time to keep up


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    never got to the end


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    nothing it is not his fault the book is boring


    Do you think Heroes of History needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes it could be called how to bore your followers to death in 1 easy way put out another book


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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