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The Lessons of History | [Will, Ariel Durant]

The Lessons of History

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.
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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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    Brad the Dad Park City, UT USA 10-29-07
    Brad the Dad Park City, UT USA 10-29-07 Member Since 2005
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    "This is a must for every Educated Person"

    I read a lot. But this is one of the most important books I have ever read. I just wish every body would have the opportunity to listen to or read this book. Rarely is there such a distilled understanding of what history has to teach us. Durrant is one of the most intelligent, articulate and deep thinking people of our time (dead now). I now own his 11 volume history of the world. But this book is a gem. A clear thinking, facinating view of the sweep of history from one of the few people who really, really understand the sweep of history. This is a must read for everyone in my humble opinion. You don't even need to be interested in history really. You just have to be interested in humanity, it's state and the great priciples of life. It is almost more of a book of philosphy derived from a study of the history of humanity.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Collierville, TN, United States 11-05-04
    Michael Collierville, TN, United States 11-05-04 Member Since 2004
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    "I Am Humbly in Awe."

    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!

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Eric San Diego, CA, USA 11-30-04
    Eric San Diego, CA, USA 11-30-04
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    "6,000 Years In a Nutshell"

    The book, itself, is a swift collection of fascinating ideas. It reminds me of Jacques Barzun's "From Dawn to Decadence" in its ability to draw ideas from the famous events and characters of history. Since it is so quick, one isn't able to follow the roots of the ideas that surface like one might with Barzun. One must take the author's word for a lot of his conclusions. But, the thoughts stimulated from this survey are quite rewarding nonetheless.

    The narrator is reliable and appropriate for the tone of the book. The quite enjoyable interviews are more for learning the personality of the Durants rather than amending the ideas in the book, but are still insightful.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 11-13-07
    Judith 11-13-07
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    "A Freshman All Over Again"

    Will & Ariel gently and articulately took me in a head lock and pried my eyes open and made me gaze upon my ignorance a new. I feel like I am a college freshman all over again with a mountain of ignorance to plow through. 200 undergrad hours and 20 countries failed to properly illuminate much of the wonder they bare here. Do not deprive yourself of these delicious perspectives on the patterns of religion, morality, trade, economics and the clash of classes through the ages.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cal Northville, MI, USA 03-22-05
    Cal Northville, MI, USA 03-22-05
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    "Genius Mind"

    This is one of the best books I've read on history. It encompasses the basic actions and motivations of the human race since the start of civilization with philosophical twist. Excellent reading for future leaders and philosophers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yousuf Mississauga, ON, Canada 06-12-07
    Yousuf Mississauga, ON, Canada 06-12-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A treat complemeting author's previous works"

    After listening to engaging works from Will Durant like "Story of Philosophy" and "Heroes Of History," it was a treat to listen to the intellectual bring it all together and share his personal views on history. In particular, it was striking to here Durant's attempt to demonstrate how the cycles of history relate to the changing moral fiber within societies.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Aurora, Ontario, Canada 04-24-05
    William Aurora, Ontario, Canada 04-24-05
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    "The Lessons of History"

    This book brought me back to the reading of history. I found new interest in this subject from reading Durant.

    I enjoyed hearing the authour speak as well as hearing his words read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 07-15-04
    Amazon Customer St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 07-15-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent Interviews"

    The narrator interviews of Will and Arial Durrant are exquisite. Will Durrant's intelligent answers are stunning.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Marc bellefonte, PA, USA 09-23-04
    Marc bellefonte, PA, USA 09-23-04
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    "Amazing Mind"

    The interviews make this audiobook. He is a man of amazing intelligence.

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    John YORKVILLE, IL, United States 09-10-13
    John YORKVILLE, IL, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Interesting and brilliant perspective"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lessons of History the most enjoyable?

    The point of view of the author. Quite brilliant and reasonable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gives one perspective on what reason is and what experience has taught us.


    Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were no characters. Just question and answer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The raspy voice of the author was unpleasant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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