Susan Wise Bauer
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Susan Wise Bauer

Susan was born in 1968, grew up in Virginia, and was educated at home by pioneering parents, back when home education was still unheard of. She worked as a professional musician, wore a costume at Colonial Williamsburg, toured with a travelling drama group, galloped racehorses at a Virginia racetrack, taught horseback riding, worked in radio and newspaper ad sales, learned enough Korean to teach a Korean four-year-old Sunday school, and served as librarian and reading tutor for the Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In her less haphazard adult life, she earned an M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. She has taught at the College of William & Mary in Virginia for the last sixteen years. Susan is married and the mother of four.

Susan's most recent book for Norton, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory (2015), guides us back to the original texts that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves.!

Her previous book, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (2003), is a guide to reading the classic works of fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, and drama. Norton also published The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (with co-author Jessie Wise); originally published in 1999, this bestselling guide to education in the classical tradition was revised and updated in 2004 and again in 2009.

For Peace Hill Press, Susan has written a four-volume world history series for children, The Story of the World, for Peace Hill Press. Volume 1, Ancient Times, was published in 2002 (revised edition 2006); Volume 2, The Middle Ages, in 2003 (revised edition 2007); and Volume 3, Early Modern Times, in 2004. The final volume, The Modern Age, was published in 2006. She has also written a best-selling elementary writing program, Writing With Ease.

Susan is also the author of The Art of the Public Grovel (Princeton University Press) and many articles and reviews. Visit her blog at http://www.susanwisebauer.com/blog.

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    • The History of the Ancient World

    • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
    • By: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,939
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    • By Ellen S. Wilds on 04-25-14

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    • The History of the Medieval World

    • From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade
    • By: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
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    This erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled....

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    • The First Half of the Medieval World

    • By Troy on 08-11-14

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    • The History of the Renaissance World

    • From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople
    • By: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 696
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 624
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    A lively and fascinating narrative history about the birth of the modern world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The 2nd Half of the Medieval World

    • By Troy on 05-20-15

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    • The Well-Trained Mind

    • A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)
    • By: Susan Wise Bauer, Jessie Wise
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    The Well-Trained Mind will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great resource, just not for an audible book

    • By Shannon on 04-27-15

    Regular price: $34.94

    • Rethinking School

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    • By: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: Christina Moore
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 26
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    A best-selling expert on education shows how to make the school system work for your child. How many parents have a child struggling in school? The answer: a great many....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Pam on 12-24-18

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    • The Well Educated Mind

    • By: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    An engaging, accessible guide to educating yourself in the classical tradition....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • It is a homework-book

    • By Emil Bonnevie on 07-18-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Story of Western Science

    • From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory
    • By: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good text, tedious book structure

    • By Diane K. on 10-07-15

    Regular price: $19.95

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