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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