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The Lessons of History

Will Durant

A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of ...
Publish Date
February 16
First Published in 1968
Goodreads rating
It’s excellent.      source
This is a great book I really liked which summarizes some of the larger themes of history, very incisive. And unlike most history books, it's actually really small, and it covers a lot of ground.      source
This is the Durants. They were maybe the greatest historians of all time.      source
Apr 25, 2018
They wrote the massive 11-volume 10,000-page “Story of Civilization” covering Western history, then wrote this tiny 100-page book succinctly summing up its lessons for our present day.      source
A great book.      source
Sep 07, 2020
This book is a must read 👇. Imagine going through entire world history and the lessons from it, all in a couple of hours!      source
Sep 06, 2020
Is this the highest wisdom-per-word book ever? If it's not, what is?      source
Mar 28, 2017
In some way you look back on Will and Arial Durant’s The Lessons of History or Ron Chernow’s book on Alexander Hamilton, and you realize, man, you can get an awful lot out of people who have been through this sort of thing and studied the ones who did it before.       source