Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century

By David Aikman
Read by David Aikman

18.32 Hours 01/23/2001 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781470889852

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    ISBN: 9780786194124

David Aikman chronicles six “great souls” of the twentieth century and the virtues that they represent: Billy Graham (salvation), Nelson Mandela (forgiveness), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (truth), Mother Teresa (compassion), Pope John Paul II (human dignity), and Elie Wiesel (remembrance). In Great Souls, he explores their historical background, family experiences, and the cultural settings that surrounded each of them Aikman draws from conversations, interviews, and inside stories to bring detail, nuance, and depth to every chapter. Along with biographical facts, Aikman brings his own unique experience as a former senior correspondent for Time magazine and his personal perspective as a Christian believer. The result is not only an eyewitness account of modern world history, but astute spiritual observations drawn from the lives of these six cultural icons and history makers.

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Summary

Summary

David Aikman chronicles six “great souls” of the twentieth century and the virtues that they represent: Billy Graham (salvation), Nelson Mandela (forgiveness), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (truth), Mother Teresa (compassion), Pope John Paul II (human dignity), and Elie Wiesel (remembrance). In Great Souls, he explores their historical background, family experiences, and the cultural settings that surrounded each of them

Aikman draws from conversations, interviews, and inside stories to bring detail, nuance, and depth to every chapter. Along with biographical facts, Aikman brings his own unique experience as a former senior correspondent for Time magazine and his personal perspective as a Christian believer. The result is not only an eyewitness account of modern world history, but astute spiritual observations drawn from the lives of these six cultural icons and history makers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Few could help but appreciate [Aikman’s] enthusiasm as he reads these skillfully written mini-biographies…His narration is British, brisk, and colorful, exuding plenty of feeling and understanding for his subjects. Since much of the information comes from personal interviews and conversations, having the author tell his own stories adds an intimacy to this exploration of spirituality that is not possible in the print version.” AudioFile
“Aikman deserves credit for writing biographies that not only are reliable and highly readable but also-because of the figures he chose to write about-morally elevating…Ultimately, Great Souls is about commendable qualities that people of any religious commitment, or even none at all, can and should recognize.” Weekly Standard
“Great Souls is a good read, eloquently showing how ordinary individuals with extraordinary discipline and will have risen above numerous kinds of adversity to influence the world for good.” San Antonio Express

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Author Bio: David Aikman

David Aikman is a former senior correspondent for Time magazine, for whom he has written numerous cover stories, including three “Man of the Year” profiles. He is the author of Great Souls, When the Almond Tree Blossoms, and Jesus in Beijing.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 18.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English