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كتاب موسوعي تاريخي ضخم من تأليف الفيلسوف والمؤرخ الأمريكي ويل ديورانت وزوجته أريل ديورانت. فهي موسوعة في فلسفة التاريخ، قضى مؤلفها عشرات السنين في إعدادها، فقرأ لذلك عشرات المؤلفات وطاف بجميع أرجاء العالم من شرقية إلى غربية أكثر من مرة. وحسب القارئ دليلا على الجهد الذي بذله في إعداد العدة لها أن يطلع على ثبت المراجع العامة والخاصة الذي أثبتناه في آخر كل جزء من هذه الأجزاء.كتاب موسوعي تاريخي ضخم من تأليف الفيلسوف والمؤرخ الأمريكي ويل ديورانت وزوجته أريل ديورانت. فهي موسوعة في فلسفة التاريخ، قضى مؤلفها عشرات السنين في إعدادها، فقرأ لذلك عشرات المؤلفات وطاف بجميع أرجاء العالم من شرقية إلى غربية أكثر من مرة. وحسب القارئ دليلا على الجهد الذي بذله في إعداد العدة لها أن يطلع على ثبت المراجع العامة والخاصة الذي أثبتناه في آخر كل جزء من هذه الأجزاء. وقد كان يعتزم في بادئ الأمر أن تكون هذه السلسلة في خمسة مجلدات، ولكن البحث تشعب والمادة كثرت فزادها إلى سبعة، ثم تجاوزت هذا العدد الذي قدره لها أخيراً فقررها في 11 مجلد. يتحدث فيها عن قصة جميع الحضارات البشرية منذ بدايتها وحتى القرن التاسع عشر ويتسم بالموضوعية، وبالمنهج العلمياستمر في كتابته على مدار 40 عامًا من عام 1935 حتى عام 1975والخلاصة أن هذه السلسلة ذخيرة علمية لا غنى عنها للمكتبة العربية ولعشاق التاريخ والفلسفة والأدب والعلم والفن والاجتماع وجميع مقومات الحضارة تمت ترجمة الكتاب إلى العربية وأصدرته المنظمة العربية للتربية والثقافة والعلوم التابعة لجامعة الدول العربية ودار الجيل في بيروتالنسخة العربية تتكون من 42 مجلد بترجمة احترافية من د. زكي نجيب محمود، ود. محمد بدران، ود. عبد الحميد يونس ود. فؤاد أندراوس...

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Reviews

  • Karen
    2018-11-02 12:52

    I read all 11 volumes of this series when I was housebound with 3 kids (2 of whom were infants). These books saved my sanity and kept my brain from turning to mush.

  • Tea Jovanović
    2018-10-28 10:57

    Sjajna edicija za ljubitelje istorije... Dosta rada je uloženo u objavljivanje ove knjige u više tomova... mnogo znoja i neprospavanih noći (uglavnom u letnjim mesecima)... Bila sam saradnik na prevodu, raščivijavala transkripcije, radila indeks, i prelome nekoliko tomova... A onda mi se smučilo da okapavam svako leto pa sam se kod petog toma skinula s projekta... :)

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-10-29 15:59

    The Story of Civilization (11 Volume Set), Will DurantThe Story of Civilization, by husband and wife Will and Ariel Durant, is an eleven-volume set.I. Our Oriental Heritage (1935), II. The Life of Greece (1939), III. Caesar and Christ (1944), IV. The Age of Faith (1950), V. The Renaissance (1953), VI. The Reformation (1957), VII. The Age of Reason Begins (1961), VIII. The Age of Louis XIV (1963), IX. The Age of Voltaire (1965), X. Rousseau and Revolution (1967), XI. The Age of Napoleon (1975).تاریخ پایان نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم ماه می سال 1990 میلادیعنوان: تاریخ تمدن (دورۀ یازده‌ جلدی به‌ انضمامِ درسهای تاریخ)؛ نویسنده: ویل دورانت؛ مترجم: فریدون بدره ای؛ تهران، فرانکلین، 1345؛ ا. شربیانی

  • Erik Graff
    2018-10-17 09:49

    Will and Ariel Durant, like Abelard and Heloise, were teacher and student, were punished and went on to write together. Unlike their mediaeval prototypes, however, they wed and appear to have been rather happy. They certainly were productive.Will started the series, the two of them carried it through to "the age of Napolean". Together, they travelled a great deal, visiting many of the places they wrote about in this magisterial eleven volume (twelve if you count a companion volume on historiography which I've yet to read) history of almost everything.I don't know if it's Ariel's influence, but, unlike H.G. Wells' own, much shorter, attempt at a history of human civilization, their work is remarkable for the attention it pays to culture, domestic life and women in addition to the usual account of literate elites and their doings.The first volume, Our Oriental Heritage, Will's work, is the only disappointment. It attempts to cover both the earliest civilizations and also the history of Asia up to the time of writing. Given the attention paid the West, this is disproportionately little, reflecting either his ignorance or his prejudice. Indeed, were this volume excluded, it would be almost fair to retitle the whole The Story of Western Civilization.Otherwise this is the best general history of the world I've ever seen. Other, equally long series exist, but they are by multiple authors and therefore lack the single voice (or harmonious duo) of the Durants.Naturally, specialists will find the sections they know most about inadequate, but for the general reader the work is just right and there are likely few specialist historians who could equal their work overall.Although long, the reading goes quickly, like a novel. I handled it as bedtime reading over a period of a few months and you can too.One note: The Book of the Month Club has long featured the hardback series as one of their come-ons for something like $29.99. Look for it.

  • Timothy Finnegan
    2018-10-23 15:00

    If I had a choice of just 11 books to take into isolation for the rest of my reading days I would take The Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant. Durant began his life as a seminarian. He became a teacher and starting writing, becoming a very successful author penning The Story of Philosophy. (Yes!) At some point he immersed himself in the history of the world, namely, the history of the European west and the study of western civilization. Imagine that, spending your adult life learning about everything and transcribing that knowledge into beautiful authoritative prose. My parents, like so many of their generation, bought the set of books by joining the Book of the Month Club in the 50's and 60's. From time to time I would consult the volumes for school reports and so forth and so on. Twenty years ago I read "A World Lit Only by Fire" by William Manchester, a book based upon Manchester's reverence for Durant and his accomplishment. I became interested in the Story of Civ then and read most of them in the next year or two. They are well written. They are 40-60 years old so they creak from time to time. His wife Ariel became co-editor late in the series. They end with Napoleon and the beginning of the modern era. Recently my daughter's former boss at the Atlantic published a book about the fall of Rome and the moral for America. Intrigued, I went back to Durant's chapter on the same subject and spent a very pleasant afternoon reliving 500 years. Personally indispensible.

  • Hadrian
    2018-11-13 14:03

    Although it does tend to ignore some areas of the world and understate others, what it does cover, it does beautifully and thoroughly. Some volumes more out of date than others (Ex: the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo is in Volume 1). The loving detail and writing is a treat though. This set is very much worth it.

  • Marie Palmer
    2018-11-12 16:06

    I will be reading a hundred pages per month of this series for almost ten years. I will review it more thoroughly in the year 2020. So far, I feel like I am finally getting history to some extent, and all I have read is half of the first book. So far he has covered Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Persia, and Jerusalem. Now we are hitting India. I love it, really.

  • Eric
    2018-11-09 15:05

    d- EVERYONE should read this series sometime in their lifetime -- of course it'll likely take you most of a lifetime to actually read the whole thing (it's like 12 volumes of 1,500 pages each). i have it on audio and i've listened up until volume 8 or 9 i think. (I need to get back to it.) it took will durant almost 30 years to write it, and i think the final volume was published back in the 30's. but it is amazing. it was written way back in the first half of the 20th century (although i think it's since been revised) but all of it is still perfectly relevant. it starts at the very beginning of time and follows history up to the present day. but the reason it's so amazing isn't the information, but how it's presented. will durant has a way of telling the history in a way... how do i explain it? for the first time i saw history as a river -- flowing, with everything connected to everything else -- instead of just disparate facts like you learned in school, it all became part of a bigger picture. after listening to this, thinking i knew a lot about history, it was like discovering i was blind when all along i thought i could see. for the first time i came to understand how and WHY things happened and how one thing impacted another... he somehow allows you to "see all the dominoes"... is the best way i can explain it. it's like before i had seen a lot of dominoes, but now i was standing back watching each one topple the next and the whole inevitable line. that's the thing i think. history felt a lot more inevitable after reading durant's history. it was an eye-opening experience for me at the time (almost ten years ago) and has helped me put everything else i've learned since into a bigger context. i just can't recommend it enough.this is just one of those things you should pick up (audio/e-book/or leather-bound limited edition if you can afford it) and just plan to be working on it for the next twenty years or so (hey, it took him longer than that to write it!). i just don't know how to tell you how incredible this series is. please, please, don't forget about it. put it in the back of your mind and someday pick up the first volume. your life will never be the same. i guarantee it! --e

  • Greg
    2018-11-13 17:15

    Shortly after I retired in 2004, I began reading this incredible historical journey written as a life-long project by the wonderful couple of Will and Ariel Durant. (It is the kind of reading that probably can only be done in retirement, as the total pages exceeds 11,000!)But it was an adventure well worth it. Like Page Smith, the Durants are primary historians, meaning that they have read an amazing number of works ranging from economics, to politics, to culture, to theology, and so on. AND their narrative is filled with extensive and fascinating quotations from these primary sources. I met so many wonderful new people in this venture (which took me two years to complete) that I found myself ordering some of those primary sources myself so that I could read even more of those persons' words.This was one of the most significant and rewarding experiences in my life. I could not more highly recommend these works!

  • Foad
    2018-10-16 17:03

    من فقط جلد مربوط به یونان و قرون وسطا رو خوندم.بخش قرون وسطاش جالب بود. جزئیات دادگاه های تفتیش عقاید و شکنجه ها و مخالفت های بعضی از فرقه های مذهبی (فکر کنم فرانسیسکن ها) با این دادگاه ها و اصلاً علت تشکیل این دادگاه ها به خاطر نهضت های بی دینی و طغیان های مردم شهرهای مختلف، و این که اعترافی که متهم، تحت شکنجه می کرد ولی بعداً از اعترافش بر می گشت، معتبر نبود و باید دوباره شکنجه می شد و دوباره اعتراف می کرد و آن قدر این چرخه ادامه می یافت که اعتراف تحت شکنجه اش با اعتراف بعد از شکنجه هماهنگ باشد!!! و خلاصه حاوی ماجراهای خنده آوری بود. فکر کنم به این نوع طنز می گویند "طنز سیاه" یا "طنز مرگ" یا همچون چیزی.در مورد یونان باستان هم جالب بود. بخش های سقراط و محاکمه و اعدام سقراط، شاگردش: افلاطون، و شاگرد افلاطون: ارسطو، و شاگرد جهانگشای ارسطو: اسکندر مقدونی.معمولاً اطلاعات ما نسبت به جهان گشایی اسکندر، از طریق منابع ایرانیه که به طرز غیر محققانه ای جانبدارانه نوشته شدن، اون هم راجع به واقعه ای که دوهزار سال قبل رخ داده و کمترین تأثیر واقعی ای روی زندگی کنونی ما نمی تونه داشته باشه. شخصیت اسکندر، خیلی خیلی جذاب تر از اون خون خوار سفّاکیه که توی کتاب های ایرانی-نوشت نشون داده می شه. اسکندر، البته یونانی و متمدن نیست، مقدونی و کمابیش وحشیه، اما از نژاد مقدونی خودش بیزاره و به جای فرهنگِ نداشته ی نژاد خودش، میخواد فرهنگ یونانی رو در مستعمراتش گسترش بده. اسکندر، شاگرد ارسطوئه و ارسطو کتاب معروف "اخلاق نیکوماخوس" و همچنین کتاب "ارغنون"، اولین کتاب منطق تاریخ رو برای اسکندر نوشته. همین کافیه که بدونیم با یه "چنگیز" مواجه نیستیم. با یه شخصیت خیلی پیچیده تر و صد البته جذاب تر سر و کار داریم.اما راجع به ارسطو، به نظر میرسید لحن کتاب، بدون دلیل، خصمانه میشه. صد در صد کسی از یه فیلسوف که آغازگر راه فلسفه ی تدوین شده است و تازه علم رو از پراکندگی دوره ی پیشاسقراطی در آورده، انتظار نداره که مثل محقق های هزاره ی سوم، که مرز و روش تحقیق هر علمی کاملاً مشخصه و ابزارها و کتب مختلفی راجع به هر علمی نوشته شده، رفتار کنه. اما انگار ویل دورانت این انتظار رو داره و پی در پی به خاطر اشتباهات ارسطو تمسخرش می کنه. لحن بیش از اندازه نیشدار، باعث میشه خواننده علیه نویسنده برانگیخته بشه، نه علیه اون کسی که نویسنده داره تمسخرش می کنه.می گه ارسطو، برای اولین بار چند تخم مرغ رو زیر مرغ های مختلف میذاره و طی مدتی که جنین رشد می کنه و تبدیل به جوجه میشه، هر روز یکی از تخم ها رو بر میداره و میشکنه، تا مراحل رشد جنین رو کاملاً محسوس ببینه و به مراحل رشد جنین انسان پی ببره. این کار ارسطو به قدری برای من جذاب بود که از فرط لذت، می خواستم کتاب رو پرت کنم بالا! (مبالغه می کنم) ولی از این نوآوری و روشن بینی عظیم و خیره کننده در چنان روزگاری، ویل دورانت خیلی ساده رد شده تا به اشتباهات اولین و اولین محقق جهان که پیشینیانش چیز زیادی براش به ارث نذاشتن، بپردازه. به نظرم واقعاً غیرمنصفانه است.

  • Khalid Almoghrabi
    2018-10-27 09:57

    THE most brilliant book on earth, by far. Durant is a philosopher who can collectively bring parts into a whole and in a short sentence teaches you a lifetime. Highly recommended

  • Kareem Adel
    2018-11-08 14:05

    اقرا فى الطبعة العربيةمن اصدار الهيئة العامة للكتاباعتقد انى سأقرأ هذا الموسوعة الكبيرة دومالأستلهم منها كيف يمكننا بناء نهضة و حضارة مصرية حديثةالموسوعة كبيرة جدا .. لكنى احاول ان اقرا فيها قدر استطاعتى .. بدأت قرائتها من المجلد 20 الخاص بعصر النهضة و اصلاح الفكر الدينى فى اوروبا

  • David Glad
    2018-10-21 12:48

    Every time I think of this collection, I am delightfully jealous at how the Durants could devote 45+ years to writing such an incredible undertaking.Although I found Volume I (Our Oriental Heritage) and II (The Life of Greece)somewhat distant as might be expected, they did start to engage more as time passed. Could also be that Durant too improved over time. My personal favorite was naturally The Age of Voltaire where it talked about market speculations, economic bubbles, and topics that would almost be contemporary if you change a few words.I could foresee these books remaining relevant a hundred, maybe five hundred or a thousand years from now even if some of the citations would be on inaccuracies, some of which might be because of government secrets that are still unknown even today from Napoleon's time. (One recent article claimed what did Napoleon's men in as much as anything on the Russian campaign were lice and how by necessity the men generally huddled in close proximity at camp which was bad for spreading lice. Only recently uncovered with technology and from an archaeological site where some of his men were buried.) Unclear whether I will revisit this work in its entirety, as I had spent well over three years from start until finish.

  • Ehsan
    2018-11-11 10:11

    ما می توانیم بر نویسنده ای که توانست ظرف پانزده ماه هلوِییز جدید (فوریۀ 1761)،قرارداد اجتماعی(آوریل 1762)، وامیل(مه 1762)را ارایه کند خطاهای بسیاری را ببخشیم. در امیل؛ روسو کار خود را با مردود دانستن شیوه های موجود تعلیم آغاز کرد، که این شیوه ها معمولاً بصورت افکار طوطی وار ،کهنه ، و فاسد بودند و هدف آنها عبارت بود از بار آوردن اطفالی مطیع و خود کار در یک اجتماع منحط، جلوگیری از استقلال تفکر و قضاوت طفل،و مسخ فکری او به طوری که بصورت یک فرد عادی با یک مشت گفته های پیش پا افتاده و تکرار های کلاسیک بار آید .چنین آموزشی کلیۀ انگیزه های طبیعی را دچار خفقان می کردو تعلیم و تربیت را بصورت غذایی در می آوردکه هر طفل آرزو داشت از آن احتراز کند. تعلیم و تربیت باید عبارت باشد از یک جریان سرور بخش نمو طبیعی، آموزش از طبیعت و تجربه،و پرورش آزادانۀ استعدادهای شخصی برای زندگی کامل و پر لذت. تعلیم و تربیت باید عبارت باشد از < هنر آموزش افراد > :راهنمایی آگاهانۀ جسم در حال رشد به سوی سلامت، رهبری خصوصیات اخلاقی به سوی اخلاقیات ،هدایت فکر به سوی عقل و خرد، و سوق دادن احساسات به سوی خویشتن داری، خلق خوی اجتماعی، و سعادت .ویل دورانت : تاریخ تمدن، جلد دهم، بخش اول ؛ روسو و انقلاب

  • Dan Scott
    2018-11-04 15:57

    Where do I begin? These books were the foundation of my intellectual journey. Durant was my greatest teacher.

  • David
    2018-11-12 11:14

    Many people have this 11-volume set in their homes. It stands there on the shelf, prominently displayed, as evidence of the great erudition of the owner. My set is not particularly attractive on the shelf -- I bought the volumes from a used book store, and they look used. I might add that this is not the sort of book I normally read -- most of my readings are in the area of modern science, philosophy and some in religion. Yet quite literally I have read every word of every volume of this set. I found it utterly fascinating -- an incredible panorama of history that proceeded through history year by year. Although it has been at least ten years since I read this, to this date I can remember many of these accounts, and I can even "see" some of the more notable passages in my mind. For anyone who is interested in history, and what it means to the modern mind, this is a very engaging and well-written resource.

  • Anthony Barbieri
    2018-10-22 14:05

    A page turner. A must read if you want to understand civilization and how it evolved. Times have not changed.

  • Yazeed T.
    2018-10-16 14:08

    Durant is an excellent historian, and although much of what the books contained is now defunct, the majority is written very comprehensively, steering clear of controversy and unknowns in a manner of detached and objective scholarship (at least for the time period). The authors embark on every civilization/time-period, first discussing the geographical, economic, socio-political and religious backgrounds and then start a narrative of events in chronological order. The choice of what qualifies as important enough to be placed in a narrative of human civilization was made well and relatively corresponds to the amount of Western scholarship available with regards to the topic in discussion. Most importantly, however, is that the books contain engaging, well-written prose, and the narration is never tedious or excessively academic. Any general reader will be able to enjoy and cherish this magnum opus as a frequent reference/past-time on their bookshelf.

  • James Foley
    2018-10-18 15:57

    This is more than just a book, it enriches your life permanently. It also leaves you with a nice generally useful set of history books. This uniquely complete volume tells you all that most of us will ever need to know about Western Civilization and history until the fall of Napoleon. It's clearly written(Thank God!),reasonably broad, bluntly and openly opinionated in many areas. It includes a very useful sketch of the progress of the west and detailed and interesting sketches of some of the most important participants. It is about fifteen thousand pages. I wish I could tell you how long it took, but I can't even give you a good guess. Each volume stands on its own, however, and the best approach, I think, is probably just to dive into the book that sounds most interesting to you. I think if you read one you are very likely to spend a chunk of your life with them.In a word it is amazing.

  • ضيف فهد
    2018-10-19 17:06

    هذا الاختصار يفقد الموسوعة الأصلية اهم ما يميزها أي : القصة نفسها .. تلك الأجزاء و المفردات و التفاصيل الكثيرة التي تنطوي عليها الموسوعة الكاملة تحذف هنا و يصبح الكتاب معها مجرد سرد لأحداث بدون تشويق التفاصيل .. تقضي على المتعة الحق أقول لكم . امتلك الموسوعة .. و أنا أعتبرها كنز قرائي لا يفنى .. قمت منذ فترة بعمل خطة قرائية لإنجاز القراءة لكامل الموسوعة .. و كانت كالتالي : 100 صفحة في اليوم .. ما يعني 10 أيام تقريبا لكل مجلد .. إذ أن كل مجلد ( النسخة التي لدي يحتوي كل مجلد منها على جزئين ) يحتوي على ما يقارب الألف صفحة .. و لا زلت أعود إلى هذه الخطة بعد فترة من النسيان : ..

  • Abbey
    2018-11-07 15:00

    sloooooowly working my way thru audios, now avail via Overdrive and Hoopla!! not all avail on each but between them ought to *eventually* have access. Enjoy using history or philo, especially older, as pre-sleep treat, find it soothing, relaxing. Volume I: OUR ORIENTAL HERITAGE My Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Volume II: THE LIFE OF GREECE[will post link to review of individual book here... " "]currently beginning Volume III: CAESAR AND CHRIST. (05/2017)

  • Franz
    2018-10-18 12:55

    Even at 11 volumes, it is an overview of Western civilizaton. A reletivly easy read. given the complexity of the subject. The set takes a change of tone at volume VII. (Mr Durant has died and his wife finised the set from his notes.) The material is still quite excellent but she doesn't have the same confidence with it that he did.

  • Tlaloc
    2018-10-25 11:48

    Stupendous and wide-reaching, this was a labour of love that spanned decades. Hard to imagine today's writers pulling this off. The good news is that it's wonderfully written and enchanting to read. The better news? It's plentiful enough to be found cheap second-hand if you take the time to look for it.

  • Mohammed
    2018-11-11 10:47

    انت قبلها ليس كأنت بعدها

  • Cynthia
    2018-11-05 12:05

    Actually, I haven't read the entire 11 volume set, but have read (on and off) most of the volume about the History of France under the reign of the Sun King, "Louis XIV" (Volume IV). I am listening on Audible as the time I have to sit still everyday was just used up by writing this brief comment!The narration is excellent (a must for me!) and I find the in-depth history fascinating! I have read so many books, both biographies and historical fiction, about so many eras, and I always find certain eras that I must get 'more'! I can see that these books by Will (and Ariel) Durant are a great resource for me to get the 'real stuff'. Although there are probably volumes where science and newer revelations may alter some details in some of these volumes I must say this is good enough for me! I intend to download several (many?) more volumes, and although I sometimes need to break away and read something in a different genre (there is a great deal of information and detail in this book!) I know I will come back over and over until I have read it all! It is easy to conclude (for me anyway, and probably for most History buffs) that these volumes only whet my appetite for more and it is great to have a source that I trust and enjoy reading (listening to)!

  • Karen
    2018-10-27 11:50

    * 5 books that inspired billionaire CEO Elizabeth HolmesFrom 1935 to 1975, author Will Durant wrote 11 volumes on Western history, finishing with the Napoleonic era only because he and his wife died weeks apart. His wife, Ariel, is a coauthor of several of the final volumes, and they both won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for the 10th in the series, "Rousseau and Revolution.""I've really been fascinated and inspired by reading books about history, because there's so much wisdom in understanding how these great people and great leaders built great organizations, led groups of people, and effected change," Holmes said.She thinks there is "very powerful" insight contained within the Durants' massive work. "It shapes your frame of thinking when you encounter people and situations," she said.

  • Bill Olsen
    2018-11-05 11:54

    I have finished vol. 4, (Age of Faith -about the medieval times from the fall of Rome to the beginning of the enlightenment). A great book about the "dark ages" in which you find out that they are not as dark as many thought. The philosophers, the faith, the conflicts of that time. There is a very enlightening section of the Muslim world and their history of that time. I learned a lot especially about the crusades and about the misguided cruelty of many who called themselves "Christians" and "Crusaders." There is a lot to learn about the development of modern Judaism and the concurrent development of anti-semitism in Europe and how it was deeply ingrained in many european countries during this time.

  • Ronny Guerra
    2018-10-20 12:55

    Started reading "Our Oriental Heritage." I am very interested in Durant's section on how civilization evolved. Making connections to present day in how the same problems and pitfalls that brought down empires and states are bringing down the world economy. Cliche here, history repeats itself. Man has stepped away from the communal and towards the individual and that's when the shit hit the fan. It's unreal how my mind is making references. Read over a 100 pages with delight. The study of history is invaluable. I read Durant's "Lessons of History" a few years ago and liked the broad perspective he presented on the conflicts that have transpired throughout history. I intend to read all 11 volumes, every word. I am on a great path of discovery.

  • J.
    2018-10-14 13:11

    Though written in the early and middle of the 20th century, and thus somewhat dated on matters whose understanding has since been heavily revised by archaeological, paleontological, genetic, and documentary discoveries, this set remains the definitive baseline history of civilization. At 11 volumes, each totalling in the neighborhood of a thousand pages, it's an intimidating read, but Durant's style is thorough and personable, telling the grand story in detail while communicating methodology well, yet rarely getting bogged down in the dryness that has plagued more specialized (though excellent) works by historians such as Alan Gardener.Highly recommended.

  • Glen Weissenberger
    2018-10-21 17:51

    I am outraged that when I went to pull this magnificent, one-of-a-kind 11 volume set of books up in the search bar, the author was listed as Will Durant, when the entirety of this opus was written by both Will Durant and his wife Ariel Durant!"The Story of Civilization," written over thirty years (1935-1975) and composing 11 volumes, chronicles, truly, our entire course of human civilization, for which they were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1968 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977.