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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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WILL DURANT (1885-1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (1968) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977). He spent over fifty years writing his critically acclaimed eleven-volume series, The Story of Civilization (the later volumes written in conjunction with his wife, Ariel). A champion of human rights issues such as the brotherhood of man and social reform long before such issues were popular, Durant, through his writings, continues to educate and entertain readers the world over. 

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Will Durant (1885–1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (1968) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977). He spent more than fifty years writing his critically acclaimed eleven-volume series, The Story of Civilization (the later volumes written in conjunction with his wife, Ariel). A champion of human rights issues, such as the brotherhood of man and social reform, long before such issues were popular, Durant’s writing still educates and entertains readers around the world. 

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Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First edition. Summary Of The Book The Greatest Minds And Ideas Of All Time is a neat compilation of the author?s selection of humanity?s greatest ideas and achievements and personalities. The author begins by explaining the need to look back and acknowledge the great achievements of humanity, and revere the great minds through human history. For this is the legacy of the human species, and this is what can provide inspiration for further progress. In his selection of the best, he begins with thinkers first. Thought is abstract and hard to define, but it is the base of all achievements, so he lists his pick of the great thinkers of humanity like Confucius and Darwin. The author then moves on to list great poets. He picks Homer, Dante, Shakespeare and Shelley among others in his choice of poets. He then moves on to list the hundred greatest books. Books are recorded thoughts, and reading has long been one of humanity?s ways of acquiring and expanding knowledge. The author here selects hundred books that he thinks will help advance human thought. He divides the hundred books into 12 groups. The first two small groups are introductory books on knowledge, and books on Asia and Africa. Then he lists book on Greece and Rome, the age of Christianity, The Italian Renaissance, Europe in the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, America, and finally, the tenth group dealing with the twentieth century. Next, The Greatest Minds And Ideas Of All Time moves on to the field of human achievements. The author lists Fire, Speech, Agriculture, Tools, Morality, Science, and Writing among his picks. He then moves on to list what he considers are the twelve vital dates in human history. He picks the death of Socrates, Confucius and Buddha, and the birth of Christ, the invention of the Gutenberg press, Columbus? discovery of America, the invention of the steam engine, and the French revolution among his selections. The Greatest Minds And Ideas Of All Time has compiled a series of essays by the author, in which he listed his picks of the greatest in thought, achievements, dates etc. Printed Pages: 144. Bookseller Inventory # 101419

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