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  • Will Durant

    The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize-winningauthor and historian Will Durant-discovered thirty-two years after his death-isa message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or the councilof a wise friend in navigating life's journey. From 1968 to 1978, Will Durant made four public allusions tothe existence of Fallen Leaves. One, in 1975, hinted at its contents: "anot very serious book that answers the questions of what I think aboutgovernment, life, death, and God." And in 1975: "I propose...to answer all theimportant questions, simply, fairly, and imperfectly." Even into his nineties,he worked on the book daily, writing it out on legal notepads. Upon his...read more

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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...read more

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    An engrossing volume on the ItalianRenaissance by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant The fifth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story ofCivilization, The Renaissance chronicles the history of Italy from1304 to 1576. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers ofthe Renaissance; the paintings, sculptures, and architecture ofMilan, Florence, and Venice; the life and accomplishments of Leonardo DaVinci; the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome; the politicians and philosophers of Italy,including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli; the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, andthe country's...read more

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    An engrossing volume on the European Reformation by PulitzerPrize-winning historian Will Durant The sixth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Reformationchronicles the history of European civilization from 1300 to 1564. In thismasterful work, listeners will encounter the schism within the Roman CatholicChurch and the formation of early Protestantism; the theology of Martin Luther and his societalimpact; the rise of Humanism and the life of Desiderius Erasmus; the royal monarchies of England, France, Spain,and Italy; the imperial conquests of Christopher Columbusand the discovery of the Americas; the Bohemian revolution of Eastern Europe, theunification of Russia, and...read more

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    The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful eleven-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today. The rare archival recordings of the Durants in conversation, made from 1957-1977, illuminate our present condition and offer insightful guidance for the...read more

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    An engrossing volume on Europeancivilization by Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant The Age of Napoleon, the eleventh and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events thatwrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In thismasterful work, listeners will encounter the French Revolution-from the storming of the Bastille tothe guillotining of the king; the revolution's leaders Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre,Saint-Just-all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated; Napoleon's meteoric rise-from provincial Corsicanmilitary student to emperor and commander of the largest army in history; Napoleon's...read more

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    The PulitzerPrize-winning volume on European civilization by acclaimed historians Will andAriel Durant Rousseau and Revolution, the tenth volume of the Story of Civilization, rangesover a Europe in ferment, but centers on the passionate rebel-philosopherJean-Jacques Rousseau, the great exponent of the romantic impulse towardself-exploration and social revolt, who contended with the great rationalist Voltaire for the mind of Europe. Rousseau condemned civilization as a disease,glorified the noble savage, proclaimed to the world with equal intensity hisown love affairs and the natural rights of man, and became the patron saint ofthe revolution and the worldwide social upheavals of two...read more

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    The third volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Caesar and Christ chronicles the history of Roman civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to 325 AD. In this masterful work, listeners will learn about: - the Etruscan civilization of ancient Italy- the birth of the Roman Republic and the beginnings of Roman law- the great reigns of Caesar and Antony- the people of Rome-the artisans, tradesmen, and scientists- the places of Rome's great empire- the beginnings of Christianity and its growth- the rise of Constantine and the fall of the...read more

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    This seventh volume ofWill and Ariel Durant's renowned Story of Civilization chronicles the history of Europeancivilization from 1558 to 1648. The Age of Reason Begins brings together a fascinatingnetwork of stories in the discussion of the bumpy road toward theEnlightenment. This is the age of great monarchs and greater artists-on the onehand, Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and Henry IV ofFrance; on the other, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Montaigne, and Rembrandt. It alsoencompasses the heyday of Francis Bacon, Galileo, Giordano Bruno, and Descartes, thefathers of modern science and philosophy. But it is equally an age of extremeviolence, a moment in which all Europe was embroiled...read more

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    The fourth volume in Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winningseries, The Age of Faith surveys themedieval achievements and modern significance of Christian, Islamic, and Judaiclife and culture. Like the other volumes in the Story of Civilization series,this is a self-contained work, which at the same time fits into a comprehensivehistory of mankind. It includes the dramatic stories of St. Augustine, Hypatia,Justinian, Mohammed, Harun al-Rashid, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror,Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, Maimonides, St. Francis,St. Thomas Aquinas, Roger Bacon, and many others, all in the perspective ofintegrated history. The greatest love stories in literature-of...read more

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    The Age of Louis XIV is the biography of aperiod (1648-1715) that Spengler considered the apex of modern Europeancivilization. "Some centuries hence," Frederick the Great correctly predictedto Voltaire, "they will translate the good authors of the age of Pericles andAugustus." Those authors are lovingly treated here: Pascal, Racine, and Boileau,Madame de Sévigné, Madame de la Fayette, and above all thephilosopher-dramatist Molière, who so memorably exposed the vices andhypocrisies of the age. Central to the book is the "Sun King" himself, Louis XIV. Louis XIVruled France for over seventy years, longer than almost any European ruler inhistory. He is the subject of a character study that...read more

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    The Age of Voltaire, the ninthvolume of the Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England inthe first half of the eighteenth century. In this masterful work, listenerswill encounter the English ideas thatinspired the Enlightenment in France-skepticism, scientific experiment,constitutional government, "natural rights," and individual liberty; the salons of Paris,where the wits and thinkers of all Europe gathered to exchange ideas; the philosophes-intellectuals, playwrights, and poets whoconsulted and consorted with kings and queens; Voltaire himself-theincarnation of the Enlightenment and a devotee of reason who still defendedreligious faith; Mme. Pompadour,...read more

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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...read more

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    The second volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winningseries, The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization, Volume2 chronicles the history of ancient Greek civilization. Here Durant tellsthe whole story of Greece, from the days of Crete's vast Aegean empire to thefinal extirpation of the last remnants of Greek liberty, crushed under the heelof an implacably forward-marching Rome. The dry minutiae of battles and sieges,of tortuous statecraft of tyrant and king, get the minor emphasis in what is preeminentlya vivid recreation of Greek culture, brought to the reader through the mediumof supple, vigorous prose. In this masterful work, readers will learn about: - the siege of Troy- the...read more

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    The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winningseries, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, VolumeI chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia. In this masterful work, readers will encounter: Sumeria, birthplace of the first cities and written lawsthe Egyptians, who perfected monumental architecture,medicine, and mummification more than 3,500 years agothe Babylonians, who developed astronomy and physics, andplanted the seeds of Western mythologythe Judeans, who preserved their culture forever in theimmortal books of the Old Testamentthe Persians, who ruled the largest empire in recordedhistory before RomeIndian philosophy, Chinese philosophers,...read more

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    The product of eleven years of research, The Story of Philosophy is an endlessly inspiring and instructive chronicle of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Socrates to Santayana. Written with exacting and scrupulous scholarship, it was designed both to command the respect of educators and to capture the interest of the layman. Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern...read more