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How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It

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ISBN13: 9780609809990
ISBN10: 0609809997
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 431-452) and index.

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"Finally we have a book that explains how the...Scots created the modern civilized values America and the Western world still uphold. This is a great book, one which is now even more relevant than ever." Michael Barone, U.S. News & World Report, coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics

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"Arthur Herman provides a convincing and compelling argument. . . . He is a natural writer, weaving philosophical concerns seamlessly through a historical narrative that romps along at a cracking pace." Irvine Welsh, The Guardian

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"Herman's book tells an exciting story with gusto...its range and narrative verve make it an entertaining and illuminating read." Sunday Times (London)

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"A skeptic could easily be converted by Herman's deft presentation...this work sets a high academic standard yet is carefully leavened with colorful anecdotes." Library Journal

About the Author

Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since. This book is not just about Scotland: it is an exciting account of the origins of the modern world. No one who takes this incredible historical trek will ever view the Scots—or the modern West—in the same way again.

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daoldbear, July 1, 2008 (view all comments by daoldbear)
I was Very pleased with the title, and the content of the book. I will be purchasing more copies of this book as birthdays and gift-giving holidays arise, for my "other" SCOTTISH friends and family.
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Catherine, October 30, 2006 (view all comments by Catherine)
The title may be a bit of an exaggeration, and some parts of the book fairly glow with unfounded praise, but on the whole, it was an enjoyable read. The author does a capital job of explaining how much of our modern ways of thinking, technology, engineering, architecture, etc . . . are either by and large an achievement of the Scots initially or greatly influenced by them. It was a truly thought-provoking book with ne'er a dull moment, which is always a wonderful thing to find in a non-fiction history book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780609809990
Author:
Herman, Arthur
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Civilization, Modern
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Scots
Subject:
National characteristics, scottish
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - Scotland
Subject:
World History-Scotland and Wales
Subject:
World History-England General
Subject:
history;scotland;non-fiction;scottish history;enlightenment;civilization;european history;philosophy;europe;scots;18th century;adam smith;scottish enlightenment;british history;david hume;world history;economics;britain;great britain;culture;british;moder
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 02-3
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1 in 0.75 lb

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Product details 480 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9780609809990 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Finally we have a book that explains how the...Scots created the modern civilized values America and the Western world still uphold. This is a great book, one which is now even more relevant than ever."
"Review" by , "Arthur Herman provides a convincing and compelling argument. . . . He is a natural writer, weaving philosophical concerns seamlessly through a historical narrative that romps along at a cracking pace." Irvine Welsh, The Guardian
"Review" by , "Herman's book tells an exciting story with gusto...its range and narrative verve make it an entertaining and illuminating read."
"Review" by , "A skeptic could easily be converted by Herman's deft presentation...this work sets a high academic standard yet is carefully leavened with colorful anecdotes."
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