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by John Little,Will Durant

eBook The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time (Audio Editions) ePub
Author: John Little,Will Durant
Language: English
ISBN: 1572703482
ISBN13: 978-1572703483
Publisher: AudioGO; Unabridged edition (October 9, 2003)
Category: World
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 540
Formats: mbr lit rtf doc
ePub file: 1435 kb
Fb2 file: 1908 kb

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time. Will Durant (Author), John Little (Narrator), Blackstone Audio, Inc. (Publisher). Get this audiobook plus a second, free.

Little, the founder and director of The Will Durant Foundation, includes in his slim . Greatest Minds and Ideas will be enjoyed by all educated people.

Little, the founder and director of The Will Durant Foundation, includes in his slim compendium such works as "The One Hundred 'Best' Books For an Education" and "Twelve Vital Dates in World History. Next are presented Durant's 100 "best" books for an education, in which he provocatively promises a first class education to anyone who will devote seven hours a week for four years to his proposed reading program. Wonderful, thrilling idea. By contrast "The Story of Philosophy" is suited to dedicated philosophers looking for a good sample of some of the deepest thinkers of our culture.

A wise and witty compendium of the greatest thoughts, greatest minds, and greatest books of all time - listed in. .

From the "Hundred Best Books" to the "Ten Greatest Thinkers" to the "Ten Greatest Poets," here is a concise collection of the world's most significant knowledge. Durant exudes high eloquence. By turns he is magisterial, funny, authoritative.

Best-selling historian and philosopher Will Durant devoted his entire life to studying the most significant eras, individuals, and achievements of human . I think Durant tried to do to much with too little time

Best-selling historian and philosopher Will Durant devoted his entire life to studying the most significant eras, individuals, and achievements of human history. Blackstone Audio, Inc. PRESENTED BY. Audible. I think Durant tried to do to much with too little time. This book seems to only scratch the surface of such an appealing topic. I know Durant is first and foremost an expert of philosophy and the book is overburdened with philosophers. No doctors, scientist, inventors, just philosophers. I expected more from such a great mind.

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Durant eloquently defends his choices of the greatest minds and ideas . From a thinker who always chose to exalt the positive in the human species, The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time stays true to Durant's optimism.

Durant eloquently defends his choices of the greatest minds and ideas, but he also stimulates readers into forming their own opinions, encouraging them to shed their surroundings and biases and enter "The Country of the Mind," a timeless realm where the heroes of our species dwell. This is a book containing the absolute best of our heritage, passed on for the benefit of future generations.

p. cm. Includes index.

Simon & Schuster. New york london toronto sydney. p. 2. Intellectual life-History. I. Little, John . date.

Will Durant; John Little. An interesting but very short collection of some of Will Durant's essays about the 10 greatest poets, the 12 most defining dates in history, the 10 most important thinkers, etc. Interesting to read, thought-provoking in content. We're discussing this one at book club on Monday night, and I'm looking forward to the discussion. jennyo, July 22, 2007. Durant eloquently defends his choices of the greatest minds and ideas, but he also stimulates readers into forming their own opinions, encouraging them to shed their surroundings and biases and enter "The Country of the Mind," a timeless realm where the heroes of our species dwell.

A wise and witty compendium of the greatest thoughts, greatest minds, and greatest books of all timelisted in accessible and succinct formby one of the worlds greatest scholars. From the Hundred Best Books to the Ten Greatest Thinkers to the Ten Greatest Poets, here is a concise collection of the worlds most significant knowledge. For the better part of a century, Will Durant dwelled uponand wrote aboutthe most significant eras, individuals, and achievements of human history. His selections have finally been brought together in a single, compact volume. Durant eloquently defends his choices of the greatest minds and ideas, but he also stimulates readers into forming their own opinions, encouraging them to shed their surroundings and biases and enter The Country of the Mind, a timeless realm where the heroes of our species dwell. From a thinker who always chose to exalt the positive in the human species, The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time stays true to Durants optimism. This is a book containing the absolute best of our heritage, passed on for the benefit of future generations. Filled with Durants renowned wit, knowledge, and unique ability to explain events and ideas in simple and exciting terms, this is a pocket-size liberal arts and humanist curriculum in one volume.
Eyalanev
I just read this book and it is a quick, easy, read. I think this book is an excellent way to develop perspective, either as a high school or college student, or for someone older who wants to more rigorously develop his or her world-view. The model of this book is a "classical education", along the lines of the recently re-released Harvard 5-foot bookshelf. Most of the people critical of this publication completely missed the point. Many times in the essays Will Durant specifically says that these are merely his opinions, and there are many other educated people out there with different opinions. These essays are intended as a STARTING place to educate yourself and he specifically suggests that you should read further and along your specific lines of interest. (The author also suggests on page 65 that as a college graduate, you might be ready to BEGIN your education with his suggested reading.) Anyone who complains that such-and-such was "rated" ahead of someone else [that they like], or that someone they revere was left off the "top 10" (because most likely they were not left out of the book completely, the author drops a lot of names of people who should be highly considered) just completely didn't understand this book.

However, there is one huge problem with this book. I didn't realize it when I started the book (I am not really aware of who Will Durant was) but even though the publication date is 2002, nothing in this book is recent. Actually, Mr. Durant died 25 years ago and I suspect that most or all these essays were written long before then. Unfortunately Mr. Little, the compiler, does not tell us when these essays were written. This becomes painfully obvious when you get to the list of suggested reading. To start off there are a lot of general overview books on history, science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, etc.), art, music, psychology and health. I looked most of these books up on Amazon and all the ones I saw were close to 75 years old (some had been re-released). I find it completely shocking that a publisher would print such an out-of-date book under the guise of a new publication. I mean, A LOT HAS CHANGED IN 75 YEARS, especially in the sciences.

I know that in the last few years specifically there have been some very highly regarded books on the history of Art and on World War I (a glowing but out-of-date suggestion was specifically mentioned on page 80) and Karen Armstrong published several good books on the western religions. One of his suggested readings, "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" by Gibbon; might still be relevant even though it is quite old, but I am very suspicious of the rest of the suggested overview readings. There are quite a number of translated works, and for most of them I am sure there are more recent translations. Sometimes he suggests a specific translation, it would be up to you to decide if a more recent translation would be better. That said, presented is an excellent system for "Since we wish to have orderly minds, and avoid the chaos of desultory reading, we shall want to begin at the beginning...we want it in such an order that the knowledge we win may fall into logical sequence in our memories, and give us at last that full perspective which is the source and summit of understanding."

Additionally, almost exclusively this books focuses on pre-20th century. I think this is completely understandable and acceptable, but if you are only interested in the 20th century then this book is not for you. I took two stars off for these out-of-date suggestions, no reference to the acutal dates the essays were written and no revised (alternative) suggested reading list. Now it is up to you, the reader, to substitute the suggested readings for modern, up-to-date, versions and start reading.
JoJolar
It is concerning that Durant is praised as one of the most profound thinkers of modern. While prefaced as being solely his opinion, this collection of greats is disturbingly euro-centric. Entire chunks of the planet are not even considered for the wisdom they have to offer, the contributions they have made. His reason is that there may not be one name that stands out as the figurehead of thought. Yet he mentions so many, of similar type, from one area of the world. The book is about minds and IDEAS. Surely there are great ideas and poetry that came from other cultures. What this book suggests just seems small minded. Lots of flowery language surrounding a stale, commonly held opinion.
Ungall
We all took Social Science in school, where we learn history; Mesopotamia, the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, Greeks, Romans... we all learn that. What we don't learn is how each of those dynasties could have been predicted due to the cyclical nature of the world.

Will Durant sums up all the people and dates that you need to know to understand why the world was the way it was and how it is the way it is. He describes how history and economic growth are interrelated, history and government, history and a slew of other things.

It's amazing how much information he was able to find into such a short book (127 pages).
Whitemaster
Why is it that I can only give this book 5 stars? Although some may argue that the estimation of 'greatest' is subjective at best, I must add my opinion that, regardless of personal bias, Durant's arguments for including various historical figures and important concepts are both persuasive and tantalizingly layered. Pithy, concise and with a touch of dry humour, Durant leads the reader on a beautifully laid out journey through time that requires considerably less patience than his opus, The Story of Civilization. The only reason I can fathom as to why Durant is not mandatory reading across the public school system is the dangerous possibility that students may graduate knowing how to think and ask better questions.
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