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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Will Durant Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lora | 12/4/2013

    " Published posthumously. I need to go back and finish this sometime -- only got to page 114. Good summaries of people important to the civilization of the world, not just the West. Quick read, but wrong time of year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brooke | 9/10/2013

    " A great book written by Will Durant, "a philosopher writing history." My favorite way to study history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elaine | 8/27/2013

    " I loved this book because it was enlightening and educational. For the most part it is very readable and even a page turner in some parts. It basically reviews people and events who have had an impact on modern civilization and philosophy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeanne | 5/17/2013

    " I thought this would be more about individuals, instead it was an abridged version of his history of civilization. I don't agree with him completely. about 2 1/2 stars. "

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