Will Durant, John Little, ed. The Greatest Minds and Ideas of all time. Simon & Schuster, 2002. (127 pages)
I recently discovered Will Durant and his work, and will be engaging with it for the next several years. Very readable, accessible, and extremely quotable, the Durants (Will and his wife Ariel) have written an 11-volume work entitled the Story of Civilization, (of which my notes and review will most definitely not be posted any time soon). In the meantime, visit http://www.willdurant.com/, and pick up The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time as a excellent start to this consummate historian.
If a man is fortunate he will, before he dies, gather up as much as he can of his civilized heritage and transmit it to his children. And to his final breath he will be grateful for this inexhaustible legacy, knowing that it is our nourishing…
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