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    Just finished this behemoth. Pretty informative and coherently compiled. Do have few gripes with it. Some events like the Cuban Missile Crisis were merely mentioned, underselling their importance. Obvious but expected ideological bias too. Still a fantastic read though. I feel like my virginity just upgraded.

    On to The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trundler View Post
    On to The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant.
    i haven't read that one but im making my way through their story of civilization and they are superb writers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    i haven't read that one but im making my way through their story of civilization and they are superb writers.
    Isn't that a multi volume book? You are reading all the volumes?

    I read Story of Philosophy by Will Durant. It was a great read.
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    I have volumes 8 and 10 (or VIII and X for the more pedantic amongst you). These are seriously weighty books; the full set would take a loooooong time to read.
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    I've read Story of Philosophy. Still the best introductory book on the subject I've read. Simply captivating.

    I'm going to attempt Story of Civilization over the summer and see how far I can get by the end.

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    So far, Lessons of History is superb. If you've read Sapiens and liked it, you must read this one too.

    Side note: there are some predictions made in the book, regarding the 21st century such as the number of Catholics exceeding the Protestant population in the US by the year 2000. Didn't materialise. Goes on to show what a wicked thing history is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankitj View Post
    Isn't that a multi volume book? You are reading all the volumes?

    I read Story of Philosophy by Will Durant. It was a great read.
    i think it'll take me literal years to do them all. read most of the medieval one when the exes dad lent me it and i'm working my way through #1 (our oriental heritage).

    i really need to stop reading several books at once, especially since it's so hard for me to quiet my brain enough to read these days. currently have the below all on the go:

    -our oriental heritage (the durants)
    -the children of hurin (tolkien)
    -the ascent of man
    -the early history of rome (livy)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    i think it'll take me literal years to do them all. read most of the medieval one when the exes dad lent me it and i'm working my way through #1 (our oriental heritage).

    i really need to stop reading several books at once, especially since it's so hard for me to quiet my brain enough to read these days. currently have the below all on the go:

    -our oriental heritage (the durants)
    -the children of hurin (tolkien)
    -the ascent of man
    -the early history of rome (livy)
    have you considered some lighter reading, like, say, the conquest of Gaul in the original Latin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trundler View Post
    So far, Lessons of History is superb. If you've read Sapiens and liked it, you must read this one too.

    Side note: there are some predictions made in the book, regarding the 21st century such as the number of Catholics exceeding the Protestant population in the US by the year 2000. Didn't materialise. Goes on to show what a wicked thing history is.
    In general all these books have the problem that they assume current trends are necessarily long-term ones. In that case, that's one trend which abruptly flipped several years ago and no one really noticed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    In general all these books have the problem that they assume current trends are necessarily long-term ones. In that case, that's one trend which abruptly flipped several years ago and no one really noticed.
    Yeah, no advantage of hindsight and all that.

    I must reiterate that Lessons of History is much like Sapiens. What is remarkable is that it was written 43 years before the latter back in 1968. Yet it takes the same objectively-drawn stances on things like religion and morality.

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    Unfortunately we were advised you have to be 16, but the helpful lady behind the till proceeded to advise us of ways around said restriction. She then went onto tell me how some poor lad had been in with his Nan recently and she’d refused to endorse said workaround because she didn’t like him reading.

    I was gobsmacked. Good old Birkenhead.

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    I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell is a phenomenal little book. Ms. UC finished it in a day but it took me a couple of weeks because every chapter was so poignant that I felt like I needed a walk afterwards.



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