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  • Conquest of the Americas

  • By: Marshall C. Eakin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Marshall C. Eakin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Was Christopher Columbus's voyage to the Americas in 1492 the most important event in the history of the world? Professor Eakin's provocative answer is a resounding "Yes" - as he presents his case in an intriguing series of 24 lectures. These thoughtful lectures will remind you that when Columbus completed his voyage, he found a people unlike any he had ever known, living in a land unmentioned in any of the great touchstones of Western knowledge. You'll learn how the European world, animated by the great dynamic forces of the day, Christianity and commercial capitalism, reacted to Columbus's discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Colonial Americas

  • By Manish on 18-09-18

Good

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-15

Very good, peaks early on. And I have fifteen words to use in order to press the submit button, cheers

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Italian Renaissance

  • By: Kenneth R. Bartlett, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth R. Bartlett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By mr on 29-12-14

Gripping

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-14

I feel I need to quote my daughter to accurately describe this book "Fantabuloso".

I was not to keen to listen to it, but knew I should as I was far too ignorant. When we started with Petrach and Dante, I knew i was right.

Then the story changed into a trilling account of the Italian peninsula.

I am staggeringly pleased with this purchase, the author is now a personal hero.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Business Law: Contracts

  • By: Frank B. Cross, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Frank B. Cross
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

What is a contract? How can you make one binding? How can you avoid being prematurely bound by one? What remedies are available if someone breaches your contract? These questions and the other important issues of legally enforceable promises are covered in these eight lectures. As you'll learn in these eight lectures, contractual agreements are one of the principal mechanisms for ordering life in society. Professor Cross lays a comprehensive foundation in the practical and intricate body of law that governs contracts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Potentially a well written, well read, listen

  • By Nicky on 31-08-16

Simply excellent, every person should hear this

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-14

Not a dull moment, simply excellent. I cannot believe how much I learnt in just 6 hours.

  • Strategic Thinking Skills

  • By: Stanley K. Ridgley, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Stanley K. Ridgley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Start making savvier decisions and outsmart your competitors with greater confidence and ease with this simple and comprehensive guide to the skills, tactics, techniques, tools, case studies, and lessons behind strategic thinking. Professor Ridgley has crafted these 24 lectures as an accessible way to engage with thinking that will help you think-and act-more strategically in business and in your own life, whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or you're preparing to embark on a new career path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sows seeds for action- accessible and enjoyable

  • By Andrew M on 22-11-13

Decent

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-14

I did not learn anything practical, but it was still a good series. Stretched out a bit.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Era of the Crusades

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

What were the forces that led to one of history's most protracted and legendary periods of conflict? How did they affect the three great civilizations that participated in them? And, ultimately, why did they end and what did they accomplish? In these 36 lectures, you'll look at the "big picture" of the Crusades as an ongoing period of conflict involving Western Christendom (we would now call it Western Europe), the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslim world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, a little mediocre

  • By mr on 12-12-14

Okay, a little mediocre

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-14

Not a bad overview, I would had liked a lot more detail. As an introduction or as a refresher good, detailed analysis I personaly would look (and have bought how the crusades changed the world) else where. The crusades podcast is genuinely better for details and anecdotes,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

From the trenches of World War I to Nazi Germany to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, the 20th century was a time of unprecedented violence. Yet while such monumental violence seems senseless, it is not inexplicable. If we can understand the origins of violence, we may prevent even greater horrors in the century to come. These 24 necessary lectures trace the violent history of the 20th century, beginning with its early roots in the American and, especially, the French revolutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • moshe

  • By Shaun gaines on 24-09-16

Excellent

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-14

A lot better than I thought and my only complaint is I wanted more. A broad overview of idealistic movements devolving into, well words don't do it justice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917

  • By: Robert I. Weiner, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert I. Weiner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Few periods of history offer such captivating complexity as Europe in the long 19th century between 1789 and 1914. From the idealism of the French Revolution to the power of the Industrial Revolution to the chaos of World War I, this fascinating whirl of events, personalities, and forces formed the foundation for the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but nothing terribly new

  • By David on 28-11-14

Really very good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-14

Engrossing from beginning to end. Highly focused on the diplomacy (as advertised) which was a nice change from one battle followed by another.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 36 Revolutionary Figures of History

  • By: The Great Courses, Bob Brier, Allen C. Guelzo
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Bob Brier
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Alexander the Great, Jesus, Darwin, and Churchill are just a few of the many politicians, religious leaders, scientists, philosophers, authors, inventors, and generals who transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. Now, with this unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog, meet the remarkable people without whom the world would never be the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By mr on 06-12-14

Good

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-14

Good overview, introduced me into a few new interesting charachters. It does lean heavily towards scientists, which whilst it makes, I had not anticipated.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition

  • By: Teofilo F. Ruiz, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Teofilo F. Ruiz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Western civilization is closely associated with reason and science, and with exceptional accomplishments in art, architecture, music, and literature.Yet it has also been characterized by widespread belief in the supernatural and the irrational - with mystics who have visions of the divine and entire movements of people who wait in fervent anticipation of the apocalypse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • At best, okay.

  • By mr on 06-12-14

At best, okay.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-14

You get this book for an interesting sensational story and you barely get it. A lot on mystiques, this could had been summarised in one lecture.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The World of Byzantium

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Byzantium is too-often considered merely the "eastern rump" of the old Roman Empire, a curious and even unsettling mix of the classical and medieval. Yet it was, according to Professor Harl, "without a doubt the greatest state in Christendom through much of the Middle Ages," and well worth our attention as a way to widen our perspective on everything from the decline of imperial Rome to the rise of the Renaissance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointing -- There's a Better Alternative

  • By Jonathan on 03-01-15

Good but not great

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-14

Good overall and very interesting but a bit sparse on the detail. The book could had done with being a lot longer. That said, still worth a listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful