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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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A book that should be required reading for humas.

will Durant does an amazing job of covering the trends and topics of history. From that he's able to extract truth and lay forth the best way to understand and live life. This has made me a big fan

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National Treasure

Amazing.. just amazing.. The added bonus of hearing the actual author through interviews AND the smart and follow up questions from the interviewer were very enlightening. I loved that not only they touched on history but Will was not afraid to dig into his own personal history and use that as an example to make his points. I believe this will lead me into a venture of reading all his extensive works.
Also, I've purchased close to 50 books from Audible. This is my first review.

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Extreme education given on society and the history of America and other countries

I loved the honesty and blunt opinions at the end in how to make society better. I loved how all of it was so truthful. I didn’t enjoy the interviews too much but some where great to hear

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Literally timeless!!!

This could have been published three weeks ago.

I need to find their disciples!!! I will be re-reading this many many times.

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Excellent look back and ahead at human history

Very well done audiobook...the interviews with the author between chapters really added to the storytelling

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I highly recommend the book.

lt was great to hear his comments; made the chapters much more interesting and easier to follow.

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A Hidden Gem: Recommended by Jim Rohn

History is often subject to the misconception that it's about timelines, dotted with wars, rulers, and changing maps of the world. Success coach Jim Rohn recommended Durant's Lessons of History as a cornerstone in any successful person's library, I suspect, because of what it implies about a person's character. In order to make informed decisions, citizens need a framework of evaluative criteria to navigate the landscaoe of ideas, which is often confusing. Durant offers moral & analytical clarity.

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A performance far below the reputation

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I expected a scholarly, evidence-based discourse on a few topics. Instead this is the musings of a knowledgeable but not wise or thoughtful man.

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

Both a sadness and disappointment- I expected so much more overview & wise insights anchoring a graspable overview of history. I'd like my time back.

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balanced point of view on Western Culture

The author presented a balanced point of view of the history of known western culture. The cultures with extensive oral histories were not represented very well, so I can not say this work covers all of human history.

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WOW! The bible of life, a must have, and read!

An AMAZING Listen and Read! So much excellent information in this book. I can't wait to read the actual book!