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    Western Civilizations: Their History and Their Culture
    by Robert E. Lerner, Standish Meacham, Edward McNall Burns
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 1998)
    list price: $69.60
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    5-0 out of 5 stars great book- worthy tome of knowledge
    This book, while I realise its a text book, has given me great insight into the latter portion of western culture. This book provides more verifiable references then any other book of this type I've read. Quality color pictures and easily followed footnotes, provides a respectable index and is very easily understood and appreciated. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0393972003
    Sales Rank: 783341
    Subjects:  1. Civilization, Western    2. History: World    3. Cultural studies    4. World history   

    Western Civilization: Their History and Their Culture
    by Robert E. Lerner, Standish Meachem, Edward McNall Burns
    Paperback (01 February, 1998)
    list price: $69.60
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    Isbn: 0393972208
    Sales Rank: 381546
    Subjects:  1. Anthropology - General    2. Social Science    3. Sociology    4. Cultural studies    5. World history   

    The Mainstream of Civilization
    by Stanley Chodorow
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 March, 1994)
    list price: $43.95 -- our price: $43.95
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    2-0 out of 5 stars A Breeze of a Read
    Often most of the details that were included within the book were unnecessary and could have been left out. My advice is not to buy the book but simply borrow it from a friend taking the same class. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0155011979
    Sales Rank: 241432
    Subjects:  1. Civilization    2. History & Theory - General    3. History - General History    4. History: World    5. World - General   


    A History of Britain : At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D
    by Schama Simon
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (25 October, 2000)
    list price: $40.00 -- our price: $26.40
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    What do you get when you combine the resources and ethos of the BBC with the literary panache of one of the world's best narrative historians? The answer is Simon Schama's A History of Britain, the first volume of which accompanies the BBC-History Channel series of the same name. In a beautifully written and thoughtfully crafted book, studded with striking portraits, pictures, and maps, Schama, the bestselling author of books on European cultural history such as The Embarrassment of Riches and Citizens, as well as 1999's Rembrandt's Eyes, has managed to be both conventional and provocative.

    He tells the official version of Britain's island story--from Roman Britain, through the Norman conquest, the struggles of the Henrys and Richards with their barons and clerics, Edward I and the subjugation of Wales, King Death (the plague), and on to the Henrician reformation, before closing with the remarkable reign of the virgin queen, Elizabeth I. But, while sticking to a script familiar to anyone who sat up and listened in history lessons at school, Schama brings it all alive, with memorable prose--Simon de Montfort's rebel parliament is described as inaugurating the "union between patriotism and insubordination"; with Henry VIII, Schama says, "you could practically smell the testosterone." And with fine sensitivity, too, particularly on the symbolism of buildings, memorials, language, and ceremonies, and on the complex relations between England and her Celtic and Catholic neighbors. If history must have gloss, then let it be written and presented like this. --Miles Taylor, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Who is the target audience?
    There were some very facinating insights written in this book, especially the role of the plague, but I found that the book did not flow very well and suffered from a lack of editing.My understanding was that the book was a general history of Britain, and yet little was written on Scotland, Wales and Cornwall.Maybe if I had viewed the video prior to reading the book it would have been more meaningful.As an American fairly ignorant of British history outside of the American Revolution, there were so many gaps in the book that I found myself having to do additional outside research on several personalities and events to get a better grasp of the story.For example, Mr. Schama went to great lengths to describe the origins of the house of Plantagenent and used only 3 words to describe the house of Tudor: an illegitimate line.It was only after doing some further research that I was able to discover the facinating link to Owen Tudor, Wales and the Tudor English royal line.Is this a book for readers already well versed in English history?Although, I intend to read the 2 remaining books of the series I am not sure to whom I can recommend this book...who is the target audience?

    4-0 out of 5 stars A tad sciolistic, but an entertaining read
    There are ample names and locations with which to keep up, and Schama does a respectable job at keeping them organized.The insights are valuable, the anecdotes, compelling--and that characteristic British flair for the pithy is pervasive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the better general British history books out there
    The first in this three part series (and companion to the amazingly good BBC documentary series) this is a fact filled history book that is actually easy to get into - you can actually read it cover to cover rather than look up in the index what interests you. Much of this is down to Schama's engaging writing style - not quite casual, but definitely not dry and dusty. This book manages to steer an even keel, avoiding parochialism and Politically Correct revisionism. An entertaining read for those interested in British history - the title really says it all. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0786866756
    Subjects:  1. Europe - Great Britain - General    2. Great Britain    3. Great Britain - History    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: World    7. History / Great Britain   


    A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain
    by Winston S. Churchill
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1983)
    list price: $9.95
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Husband loves it!
    I bought this book for my husband who is a history and Churchill buff. He loves it! I decided to surprise him and get the entire collection, and through Amazon's used books I was able to find each book, on at a time, from the original printing. I feel I scored a pretty good deal and the hubby is really impressed. Not only does he have a collection of great books but he has collectibles and a piece of history.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Husband loves it!
    I bought this book for my husband who is a history and Churchill buff.He loves it!I decided to surprise him and get the entire collection, and through Amazon's used books I was able to find each book, one at a time, from the original printing.I feel I scored a pretty good deal and the hubby is really impressed.Not only does he have a collection of great books but he has collectibles and a piece of history.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best at his best
    I have read and interviewed 86 authors (of every genre possible) for our Library radio station WYPL here in Memphis since the inception of our 'Book Talk' program in 1993. Unfortunately it was never my good fortune to know or talk to Prime Minister Churchill. I first read "The History of The English Speaking Peoples" as a young man shortly after WWII. The physical reading of this monumental work is an excercise in sheer pleasure as you are dealing with not only a word merchant without peer but one of the greatest intellects of the twentieth century. If you want to see your English Language used at its most agreeable consonance, but straight to the point like a rapier, then understand that Churchill is probably the best example we have had since the Bard.Churchill hadn't the time to do the background research for the four volumes so his staff did it for him. They gave him their notes daily and this amazing man dictated every word to his secretary. If you write, as I do, you understand this MO as a nearly impossible feat --and in view of the quality of his thougthts and his writing--a stupendous task. Originally a set of four (and very expensive now if you were fortunate enough to find them) they have now been combined into one large book which you still have trouble finding. I bought this one for my nephew as a result of a conversation he and I had had about the 'package' of 'rights' that each of us here in the United States enjoys as (we think) our entitlement. In the first three hundred pages aloneMr. Churchill traces back, in lucid, electric prose,the history of British Common law for nearly two thousand years and shows us how that protective mantel was drawn over us thread by thread, piece by piece and step by step. The rest of the book is full of the cultural protein of the politics of time -- but I warn you, you must be careful reading this work. Mr. Churchill is addictive and he has about twenty thousand other pages out there just asmeaty. Rus Morgan author of "Blackberries Got No Thorns", "The Voodoo Vortex" and "Luci". ... Read more

    Isbn: 0396082718
    Sales Rank: 297943
    Subjects:  1. English-speaking countries    2. Europe - Great Britain - General    3. Great Britain    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: American   

    The Timetables of History : A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events (The New Third Revised Edition)
    by Bernard Grun
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (15 December, 1991)
    list price: $22.00 -- our price: $14.96
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    1-0 out of 5 stars can't see the forest for the trees
    An obsession with detail -breaking down history into thousands and thousands of year by year, mind-numbing columns is NOT the way to study history. It might be useful as a research tool, but then decade by decade columns would have done more good to give the gist of history instead of the minutia. But if minutia is what you're after, a soft-ware version of this book -with MORE minutia and more cross-referencing and MORE big picture essays- would make more sense.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable as a reference tool
    I have an older edition of this book that chronicles world history from -5000 to 1978.This book is fascinating and hard to put down as it cross-links History and Politics, Literature and Theater, Religion and Philosophy, Visual Arts, Music, Science, and Daily Life.This helps spread out information across the book's grid so if you're interested simply, say, in the historic flow of architecture the book parses this out for you.

    My only complaint, and thus the four stars instead of five, is that the book is inconsistent in how it uses dates.You also have to rein in your desire for more information. The book just gives you the bare minimum and serves more as a launch pad.If you want to dig deep you'll need to go elsewhere.It is also somewhat Euro-centric.

    Still, the book conveys the sweep of history and human achievement in a way that is remarkable.It's all there at your fingertips and is a reference must for any reader with an interest history and world affairs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Information not understanding
    This work provides a year by year record of significant events in seven different areas. )1) History and Politics, 2) Literature and Theatre, 3) Religion, Philosophy and Learning, 4) Visual Arts, 5) Music, 6) Science, Technology and Growth and 7) Daily Life. One can look across the page at a certain year and see the developments in each of these areas during these years. There are certain periods in which there are no entries. As we move toward modern times the information increases. I understand that this resource is valuable for many people, however the book gave me little pleasure and I have not though I have had it for some years made great use of it. I think that one reason is that there is no story, no narrative, no connection between the ' facts'. Information without any effort at real understanding seems to me of very limited value. To understand connections between different areas of human endeavor, to put it all together seems to me one of the most interesting of all intellectual activities. But I do not feel this book does this in any way. This does not mean however it cannot be useful.It means that the very nature of the thing done is not to my mind a specially valuable activity. ... Read more

    Isbn: 067174271X
    Sales Rank: 12124
    Subjects:  1. Chronology, Historical    2. History - General History    3. History: World    4. Reference    5. Tables    6. World - General    7. History / General   


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