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William James Durant was a prolific American writer, historian, and philosopher. This booked is packed with useful observations concerning history, that are widely applicable. He was able to use substantially sophisticated language in a way that wasn't complicated to follow. Open Preview See a Problem? Most of all, this book on history educated me about human nature in a way that was neither foolishly optimistic nor misanthropically pessimistic.

They put no importance in spirituality, forgiveness or hope. In the same way that they say statistics will be used to support any point, it would seem that years of chaotic human behavior may be used in the same manner. This passage which comes from this book still strikes me as powerful, and is just one of countless great quotes from this book. It is that which is capable of undoing the indoctrination of life in the modern world and creating a direct channel between the Chaos Mind and the human spirit. Like anything created by mainstream Western, Judeo-Christian culture, this book seeks only to preserve the foundations upon which it was built.

The Lessons of History by Will Durant

The Lessons of History

Not the whole eleven volume set, but I have read that one-volume introduction and I was blown away by it. Reading a good history book gives double pleasure. Unfortunately, while Durant was truly an excellent writer, for the reasons I discussed above, he was a poor thinker.

Prudence says I should work through that before buying another massive collection. They also say the monarchy is the most stable successful form of government and that the church is important only because it serve as a personal behavior moderator and a societal babysitter. Do you doubt that last one? Not once in the movie is there any mention of a handout or any form of money given away as opposed to earned.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The intimacy between Will and Ariel is a treat. In the movie, the success of the John Doe Clubs that spring up across the nation is due to people and communities coming together to create work for their less fortunate neighbors.

Personally I enjoyed the last chapter the most, which questions whether progress is real. Is rather good summary worth reading.

But you will be stimulated by and alerted to everything it says because of the aims the authors have set themselves. Destroy that hope, and class war is intensified. Excellent concise summary the authors distilled after writing their eleven volume The Story of Civilization. Peace is an unstable equilibrium, which can be preserved only by acknowledged supremacy or equal power. The book is written in a plain, pragmatic and unostentatious manner.

Be the first to ask a question about The Lessons of History. They end the book by discussing whether we have progressed by learning our lessons wisely from our past or are we running around in circles. In this book, Will and Ariel, categorize lessons of the past under various faculties. It is the product of distilling patterns and insights collected during the writing of an eleven-volume book on human history, entertainment song on which the author worked with his wife. The frightening thing is that this is what history teaches.

And an honor to be in the presence of Ariel's spirit. After all, if everything is going to be shared equally, I might as well just kick back here a take nap and let you do the heavy lifting. What a thoroughly disagreeable book.

Here are the sources of our being. In a society, that translates into war, and since man is what he is, wars will continue as long as man exists. This book had a profound effect on me. Filled with conclusory opinionated claptrap unsupported by historical evidence. Is it possible that we humans are living a cycle all through our lives?

The concentration of wealth is a natural result of this concentration of ability, and regularly recurs in history. In the competition for food or mates or power some organisms succeed and some fail. They make the case for it pretty well and the person who read the book before me ate it up. This slim volume, the fruits of a massive research project, is a collection of vague homilies, baseless theorizing, and unsupported claims. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

This booked is packed with useful observations concerning history What a fantastic book. Competition is not only the life of trade, it is the trade of life-peaceful when food abounds, violent when the mouths outrun the food. The doublespeak and contradictory statements make the book read like a Kerry speech.

Book Summary The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant

In this view all economic history is the slow heartbeat of the social organism, a vast systole and diastole of concentrating wealth and compulsive recirculation. But it was the repetitive evolution of different political structures that really caught my eye. Things have been done before and they will be done again, by people who have the same impulses and drives and responses to stimuli like hunger, sex, and danger. Much of the ground covered comes back to a better understanding of human nature as we are as opposed to how we wish ourselves to be.

Catholics soon dominating Protestants in America due to greater virtue. Since practical ability differs from person to person, the majority of such abilities, in nearly all societies, is gathered in a minority of men.

He was tolerant, kindly, sometimes witty, with a firm belief in human progress and achievement. It's the uncanny valley of freedom, or tipping point. It's part of our heritage as historians.

Durant certainly embodies this. But the Durants end the chapter with a short plea to treat each individual based on their merits.

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If I had the Durants as teachers, I'd slit my wrists. The philosopher George Santayana and the historian Arnold Toynbee were bestselling authors, both featured on the cover of Time magazine. Man's sins may be the relics of his rise rather than the stigmata of his fall. One suspects that the bragging motive was the operative one in the majority of these purchases.