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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,500 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Cahill Narrator: Donal Donnelly Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hinges of History Series Release Date:
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The perfect St. Patrick's Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history -- the untold story of Ireland's role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe. Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history of civilization. Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland, he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become "the isle of saints and scholars" -- and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbarians. In this entertaining and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Without Ireland, the transition could not have taken place. Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization -- copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost -- they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task. As Cahill delightfully illustrates, so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval culture has its roots in Ireland. When the seeds of culture were replanted on the European continent, it was from Ireland that they were germinated. In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror, How The Irish Saved Civilizationreconstructs an era that few know about but which is central to understanding our past and our cultural heritage. But it conveys its knowledge with a winking wit that aptly captures the sensibility of the unsung Irish who relaunched civilization.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Mr. Cahill's book will remain an entirely engaging, delectable voyage into th edistant past, a small treasure. N.Y. Times
  • Lovely and engrossing. L.A. Times
  • Cahill's lively prose breathes life into a 1,600-year-old history. The Boston Globe

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Julie | 1/28/2014

    " Christian bias, as is expected, a point about monks preserving roman texts that could have been made in one article. I did learn some from the book, and appreciate hearing about St. Patrick's anti-slavery stance. Still, would appreciate this book to be listed as Christian history, as that's what it seems to be. Esp. considering Cahill's other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy | 1/28/2014

    " This book is a must read for anyone who loves books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dolores | 1/23/2014

    " There might be a slight exageration of history here, but its a great read and left me in tears. My favorite part was when the Romans and the Irish meet... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meg Moseley | 1/15/2014

    " Even if you're not a history buff, you might enjoy this book. It's full of entertaining anecdotes about a fascinating time and place. "

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