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A wise and witty compendium of the greatest thoughts, greatest minds, and greatest books of all time—listed in accessible and succinct form—by one of the world’s greatest scholars.

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. For the better part of a century, Will Durant dwelled upon—and wrote about—the 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 Durant’s optimism. This is a book containing the absolute best of our heritage, passed on for the benefit of future generations. Filled with Durant’s 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.

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  • “Essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of thought.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time] brims with optimism and pays just tribute to individual minds and ideas that have shaped history and advanced both moral and material progress…There is nothing frivolous about Durant’s elegant prose and cogent insight into the lives and minds of men as diverse as Confucius, Voltaire, and Darwin. This compact work is a gem that elevates historical writing to the level of superb literature.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jerry Della | 12/19/2013

    " Great philosopher who viewed history not as a dreary succession of impersonal dates and reigns, but as taking place through human beings who loved, fought, dreamed and achieved. . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Courtney | 12/11/2013

    " With eloquence, Will Durant weaves an objective map of history's genius. Although some parts lengthy (mostly because I had trouble following references to pieces of history I was not familiar with) , most of the book was inspiringly beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Doug | 4/6/2013

    " Will Durant was an amazing historian. He and his wife Ariel wrote The Story of Civilization series. As well, he wrote a list of the top 100 books any historian should read (although there are many to be added since he died). This is a great, concise compilation... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Freddie williams | 3/16/2013

    " Philosophy, very good book of lists- if you want to study Philosophy this book is a great start. "

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