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The Lessons of History Audiobook

The Lessons of History

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Publisher's Summary

The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today. The rare archival recordings of the Durants in conversation, made from 1957-1977, illuminate our present condition and offer insightful guidance for the future.

©2004 John Little, Monica Ariel Mihell, and William James Durant Easton; (P)2004 Durant archival recordings 1957-1977 used with permission of John Little, Monica Ariel Mihell, and William James Durant Easton

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    Dre 11-11-15
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    "History Repeats itself."

    I found so much value in this audio book that I will be buying the book and listening to the audio version again! Everything that has occurred before is occurring again and will occur again unless we reach a synthesis.

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    Barkley 10-20-15
    Barkley 10-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "patterns of history in a large nutshell"

    this book should be read in all Civ classes. dates and events dont teach us anything at the surface lvl.

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    Felix 10-16-15
    Felix 10-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good, but..."

    The interviews with the Durants hade shaky audio, could barely understand some passages in my car.

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    Artem 10-01-15
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    "The music in the background"

    The music in the background was little too loud especially when Mr Durant was talking. It was little hard to understand what he saying and the music made it harder to listen to him.
    Otherwise a great book!!!
    Thank you

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    D. Allison 09-24-15
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    "SPELL BOUND"

    I think this was the fastest I've ever read a book! It was remarkable through and through! It is a strong recommend to everyone seeking to better understand why we humans do what we do!

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    Dylan E Taylor 09-20-15
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    "Excellent read!"

    History repeats itself and we should all remember the lessons from it as we face the problems of today.

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    Alex J. Gilmete hayward ca 07-31-15
    Alex J. Gilmete hayward ca 07-31-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Makes history more interesting"

    Dr Durant makes history even more interesting and relevant. The extra interview are an added bonus.

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    "Wonderful"

    Man makes civilization ... not nature. Man is subject to environment, but he can influence it.

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    Doh 04-17-15
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    this is a damn good book. I will be listening to this several more times

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    Ryan 04-02-15
    Ryan 04-02-15
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    "Fantastic work!"

    A true philosophical take on our human history. Information in which the human race just read and understand. Thank you.

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