The Lessons of HistoryPaperback
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- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 10mm | 140g
- Publication date: 3 May 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 143914995X
- ISBN 13: 9781439149959
- Sales rank: 2,748
In this illuminating and thoughtful book, Will and Ariel Durant have succeeded in distilling for the reader the accumulated store of knowledge and experience from their five decades of work on the eleven monumental volumes of The Story of Civilization. The result is a survey of human history, full of dazzling insights into the nature of human experience, the evolution of civilization, and the culture of man. With the completion of their life's work, they look back and ask what history has to say about the nature, the conduct and the prospects of man, seeking in the great lives, the great ideas, the great events of the past for the meaning of man's long journey through war, conquest and creation - and for the great themes that can help us to understand our own era.
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Will Durant (1885-1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (1968) and the Medal of Freedom (1977). He spent more than fifty years writing his critically acclaimed THE STORY OF CIVILIZATION (the later volumes written in conjunction with his wife, Ariel). His book THE STORY OF PHILOSOPHY is credited with introducing more people to the subject of philosophy than any other work.
"The Durants' masterpiece belongs in any home library and occupies a shelf in many." --Dana D. Kelley, "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette"