"Or that Tom Paine wrote a book pointing out all the places where the Bible contradicts itself and was accused of "preaching atheism". How do you "preach atheism"? Do you knock on the doors of religious people on Sunday mornings, and when they answer say, 'Have you heard the bad news?'
"The subjects of this audio programme - Lord Byron, Aristotle, Billie Holiday and Che Guevara - are classic examples of the flawed, brilliant, courageous, slightly barking, but beautifully human characters from history that can inspire the rest of us, which you certainly won't get from looking at our current leaders. It's unlikely, for example, that anyone has ever said, 'The man who really inspires me is Jack Straw.'"
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If you have seen or heard Mark Steele before, you'll know you're in for a treat. If not, give him a go! 30-minute oral essays on famous characters from history. Mr Hatton's history lessons were never like this!!
In this series of four lectures Mark Steel is at his superb best. Mark's chosen characters range from Aristotle to Billy Holiday. We are given as much genuine information about 'People of Passion' as it is possible to absorb in one go, and it ail done with fantastic humour and a truly genuine understanding of the historical context.
Brilliant. All lectures should be as irreverent and lively as this. A passionate narrator that chose passionate people to talk about. What an entertaining way to listen and learn!
The quality of the information presented in the lectures are on a par with anything the Modern Scholar series might provide.
I think those who are fans of the "Museum of Curiosity" might also like this book for its insightful quirkiness.
Mark's presentation of Aristotle was my favourite.
Yes. Up to this point all that I've ever really known about Byron was that he was "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," The portrait presented here of the man does not contradict that but rather qualifies it by indicating when, why and to whom Byron was all these things. I found it touching that a man should fall in love so easily.
Yes. Where is Volume 1?
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