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Ferguson, a great historian, in this insightful work identifies six factors propelling western civilization to ascendance over the past five centuries.
The book is not flawless; there are times when the narrative appears to wander and it is not clear where the author is going with a particular point.
Strange chapter on Medicine: 6 pages on medical issues followed by 19.5 pages with medicine never mentioned. Instead, a review of the France revolution & Napoleonic aftermath. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dr. Dean H. Owen
There's some decent historical material here, but his ethnocentric bias is very strong. Overall the work constitutes polemic dressed up as scholarship. Read morePublished 25 days ago by DAW
All of Ferguson's works are very good. He is able to summarize what is a very academic and very lengthy subject matter into a concise review that is very readable and enjoyable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tanya Reid-Cormack
Excellent book on world history written in a way that holds one's attention though out the entire book. I love all this writer's books.Published 1 month ago by Patricia W. Allen
Actually, I am still wading through the book. I just want to say that, by this point, and although I am finding 'Civilization' interesting at the very least, I have been staggered... Read morePublished 1 month ago by paul carbonaro
I was excited about reading my first Niall Ferguson book after hearing good things about him, however I found "Civilization" to be extremely disappointing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John