Synopses & Reviews
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.
This guide to history's top thinkers, eras, achievements and ideas brings together in a single volume selections from nearly a century of writings by a leading scholar, the late Will Durant. Pulitzer prizewinner and holder of the Medal of Freedom, he was the author of "The Story of Philosophy".
A compendium of the greatest thoughts, greatest minds, and greatest books--listed in accessible and concise form--from one of the world's greatest scholars.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
A Shameless Worship of Heroes
The Ten "Greatest" Thinkers
The Ten "Greatest" Poets
The One Hundred "Best" Books for an Education
The Ten "Peaks" of Human Progress
Twelve Vital Dates in World History
Copyright © 2002 by John Little, Monica Ariel Mihell, and William James Durant Easton