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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. M. Roberts Narrator: Frederick Davidso Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Over the centuries, two important beliefs arose in Europe: a faith that man could order his own destiny, and the idea that progress was normal. But by 1900, doubts had arisen concerning traditional Western values. The continuing problems of world poverty, environmental deterioration, the inequality of women, and continued warfare pose real questions about the advancement of the human race. 

The Triumph of the West is noted historian J. M. Roberts’ engrossing, well-reasoned, in-depth essay on the nature of the dominance of Western civilization and its ambiguous “triumph.” Roberts’ interest is not in judging the West’s push toward greater cultural preeminence but in gaining a better understanding of the present by analyzing what got us here and, possibly, indulging in a bit of cautious optimism.

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  • “At its core, [Roberts] concludes, Western civilization is an audacious championship of humans as a unique, change-making species and of the value of the individual.”

    Library Journal

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Frank | 9/7/2008

    " I listened to the unabridged audio book.

    I found this hard to get through. The narrative jumped around in time and place. The narrator also had an incredibly dry delivery.

    I did learn a few things, though. "

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