Heroes of History by Will Durant audiobook

Heroes of History: A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern Age

By Will Durant
Introduction read by John Little
Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
12.27 Hours Unabridged
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At Will Durant’s death in 1981, his personal papers were dispersed among relatives, collectors, and archive houses. Twenty years later, scholar John Little discovered the previously unknown manuscript of Heroes of History in Durant’s granddaughter’s garage. Written shortly before he died, these twenty-one essays serve as an abbreviated version of Durant’s bestselling, eleven-volume series, The Story of Civilization. Durant traces the lives and ideas of those who have helped to define civilization, from Confucius to Shakespeare, from the Roman Empire to the Reformation, spanning thousands of years of human history. A volume of life-enhancing wit and wisdom, Heroes of History draws upon Durant’s expansive knowledge and singular ability to translate distant events and complex ideas into easily accessible principles.                       

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Summary

Summary

At Will Durant’s death in 1981, his personal papers were dispersed among relatives, collectors, and archive houses. Twenty years later, scholar John Little discovered the previously unknown manuscript of Heroes of History in Durant’s granddaughter’s garage. Written shortly before he died, these twenty-one essays serve as an abbreviated version of Durant’s bestselling, eleven-volume series, The Story of Civilization. Durant traces the lives and ideas of those who have helped to define civilization, from Confucius to Shakespeare, from the Roman Empire to the Reformation, spanning thousands of years of human history. A volume of life-enhancing wit and wisdom, Heroes of History draws upon Durant’s expansive knowledge and singular ability to translate distant events and complex ideas into easily accessible principles.                       

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An old-fashioned air about it…Fans of Durant’s brand of sweeping narrative history will enjoy having these final words from the master.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“[Durant] again displays his talents for popularizing history, most notably a remarkable ability to summarize complicated thoughts and events in a few succinct words…This book is likely to find a wide audience among those looking for an introduction to world history.” Publishers Weekly
“Grover Gardner takes advantage of that rare aural bounty to weave an entertaining tapestry of great historical figures that listeners will find enjoyable as well as thoughtful.” AudioFile
“For the general reader, this work will be both enjoyable and informative, providing a basis for those who wish to delve even deeper into the history of some of these civilizations.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Will Durant

Author Bio: Will Durant

Will Durant (1885–1981) was an award-winning American writer, historian, and philosopher. He and his wife were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1968 for Rousseau and Revolution, and he was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Durant spent over forty years writing the critically acclaimed eleven-volume Story of Civilization, the later volumes with the help of his wife, Ariel. He sought to revitalize history by unifying and humanizing the great body of historical knowledge, which had become voluminous and fragmented into esoteric subcategories. He also strove to bring philosophy to the common man. Durant was a champion of human rights, social reform, and the brotherhood of man long before they became well-known issues.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English