The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

Picking up where the previous volume left off, Durant dedicates this volume to the Medieval world as focused through the lens of the Christian, Islamic, and Judaic worlds from 325-1300, or as he puts it, from Constantine to Dante. As with the previous volumes, this one is broken into five parts.  Part 1 deals with … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

The Story of Civilization, Vol. III: Caesar and Christ by Will Durant

When asked what kind of government the newly minted United States of America would have, Benjamin Franklin famously responded: "A republic, if you can keep it."  Once you know the story of Rome, you instantly know how daunting that statement would be in his mind. It is said that the two greatest problems in history … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. III: Caesar and Christ by Will Durant

The Story of Civilization, Vol. II: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

From the shadows of myth and legend, to the honor of Sparta, to the glory of Athens, to the triumph of Alexander and beyond, the story of Western civilization begins.  Having built the foundation with his impressive survey of the East, Will Durant starts us off on a far more intricate survey of the West … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. II: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

Book Updates

I've got so many books in the works, it's making my head spin.  My own fault.  No one to blame but myself.  And it's a good problem to have.  Since I have so many bibliophiles in my little circle, thought I'd share some thoughts on what's in progress for those who might be interested. The … Continue reading Book Updates

The Story of Civilization, Vol. I: Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant

I've always heard that Will Durant was our modern Herodotus.  At the end of the first volume, I can safely confirm my belief in this notion, save for the fact that Durant's history is more historical, and Herodotus is a better storyteller.  Even so, when it comes to scope and audacity, this may be the first time Herodotus was … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. I: Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant

Book Updates

It's been a while since I offered some behind the scenes updates, so I figure I'm due.  This time, it's all about books.  Mostly about books.  Read on if you're interested, and you'll get the idea. I'm privileged to be a beta reader for Samantha Wilcoxson's upcoming historical fiction novel, Queen of Martyrs: The Story of … Continue reading Book Updates