In this unflinching series of 36 lectures, a world-renowned scholar makes the case that we not only can learn from history, but must.
Drawing on decades of experience as a classical historian, Professor Fears explores history's patterns to conclude that ignoring them - whether by choice or because we've never learned to see them - is to risk becoming their prisoner, repeating the mistakes that have toppled leaders, nations, and empires throughout time.
In this personal reflection on history, Professor Fears has taken on the challenge of extracting the past's lessons in ways that speak to us today, showing us how the experience of ancient empires such as those of Rome and Persia have much to teach us about the risks and responsibilities of being a superpower.
He shows how the study of those who left their impact on an earlier world - Caesar Augustus or Genghis Khan, George Washington or Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi or Josef Stalin - can equip us to make responsible choices as nations, citizens, or individuals in a post-9/11 world where those choices are more crucial than ever.
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Prepare to have history analysed from an American perspective and to have it assumed that you are also living in America. This was the strongest impression I got from this book, which was otherwise quite easily forgettable. The lecturer's voice is pleasant to listen to, and he tells a good overview of history as an engaging story. However I don't think that I have taken away much wisdom from this lecture.
"A great performance on the myth of history"
If history is a lie we choose to believe, than these lectures deliver it in a palatable form. I think of this as a counter balance to Zinn revisionist history. It gives clear, almost simplistic "lessons" we learn from all of history. Dr Fears always gives a performance that, to me, even rivals Dan Carlin.
"Anecdotal over fact"
After many hours of listening, the author made his way to Abe Lincoln, a subject I know a bit about. In order to tidily fit his narrative of connecting Lincoln's contribution to history as some sort of divinely directed happening, he makes a point that Lincoln died on Good Friday. This detail works great for his "last great hope" tale and messianic purpose of Lincoln - only thing is - it's just not true! Lincoln died the day after Good Friday. As a scholar of history, he surely knows this, and while it may be a small detail, it made me wonder how many other areas of history were scrubbed for nicely fitting anecdotes to work. If I elect to listen to an 18-hour lecture, I want the truth not hyperbole.
Not knowing if I was being hoodwinked.
"I learned a lot! It opens your eyes"
This book opened my eyes to what's been universally important through history. It's helped me discover what steps I should take in order to live better.
great from start 2 finish!! If u love and appreciate history,than this is 4 u...
"Dr. Fears made history and it's relevance come alive for me!!"
Dr. Fears absolutely renewed my interest in history! An amazing lecture series - I hung on every word - he literally made history come alive for me! I will be listening to every lecture series I can find by him. And I am so happy to now have a keen interest in exploring classical history. I only wish that all Americans would listen to this lecture series as they consider the presidential candidates this election season. There is so much to be learned from history!
"Very engaging history of the 20th Century"
Educational, valuable, enlightening
I really liked the Character sketches of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. The descriptions really helped me understand how the World Wars came about.
This is an audio course.
"Best story teller"
Rest in peace Professor Fears, your classes and lessons are a cherished gift to mankind.
I really enjoyed it and learned a lot! One of the best history cursus's to me!
"Profoundly biased, half fictional"
Very strong opinions are presented in the same tone and form as facts, and are confusingly mixed with unconfirmed theories, stories from mythology and folklore, and cuasi-quotes. Good storytelling, horrible teaching.
"More like a personal oppinion rather than a scient"
The total lack of objectivity, or the proof of extraordinary claims. Appealing on fictional writings as historic documents.
It has greatly shaken my trust in the value of the Great Courses series.
It was the first and probably the last.
Disappointment of the value of the Great Courses series.
If you are really contemplating on buying this course, just go to a pub and listen to the rumblings of an old drunk. It may be cheaper and more plausible.
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