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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It will be enjoyed more by the jingoistic crowd from America. The America F&$k yeah type.
Removing factual inaccuracies. His grasp of history seems very slim.
The later aspects involving Lincoln, Roosevelt and the Vietnam war.
Please do not label this as "The wisdom of world history". That is false advertising. This should be labelled as "An American perspective on world history" or something of the sort. This is the most biased course I've ever listened to. Even things I generally agree with come out as propaganda in the manner with which it is told.
"Best set of lectures in the great courses"
I have listened to many of the lectures given by the great courses and this is by far the most relevant, most eloquently performed and the most informative of all of the lectures I have listened to so far. The professor was engaging, the subject matter was well prepared and the information was brought into the perspective of our own day and age. Rufus Fears shall indeed be missed.
"History in broad strokes"
An insightful, entertaining search for the patterns of history. Reminds me of a quote attributed to Mark Twain: “History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes".
"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.
"Application to everyday life"
Being a history buff and applying lessons learned from history to my everyday life, this was a book that was EXTREMELY interesting to me. The practical application of lessons that have been taught time and time again throughout history allows for a new perspective on lifeto be fored.
The multiple examples of the impact of behavioral patterns have developed over time was the biggest takeaway for me.
no, it was more of a textbook for me.
"Brilliantly performed but lacking context"
To a friend, Absolutely!
In the instance of sharing with my adult children however, I am compelled to add explicit context to areas of the narration lacking it. Professor Fear's stated admiration of Winston Churchill, referring to him as "The greatest man who ever lived" and his characterization of the British Empire as "a racial society", (just to name two examples) does a severe disservice to the victims of both. He seems to experience psychological discomfort in discussions involving white male racism and its irrefutable effect on history's course. In the case of Churchill, his grotesque racism and outlandish bigotry is well documented.
The story is wonderfully narrated throughout, 8/10
"Comfortable History" Historical Reflection for the White Male Ego
Still a very good listen. Just don't expect the full story
"amazing lecture series!"
this is a completely amazing at lecture series! Everyone should be required to listen to it. Being a student of history is extremely important. Dr. fears really describes this well.
"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!
"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.
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