From Publishers Weekly
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Gress gives amazing clarity at discussing history, philosophy and the developments in the West.
Gress does not make that mistake: his wide reading and understanding makes his book one of the most satisfying and deep works of cultural history I have ever read.
One is the original or classical definition of liberty as freedom over one's property without any undue government interference.
Gress is the best-read person I have ever read.
His main points appear to be that despite multicultural sensitivity not all outlooks are of equal value. Read more
An amazing and excellent book. Enclycopedic at 750 pages, it took me six months to read and digest. Currently I'm re-reading it and appreciating it even more. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lyndall smith
Worthwhile certainly--the sections on the dynamics of the "New West" are excellent--but the "opponents" of the West, as Gress characterizes its critics, are just straw men--they... Read morePublished on December 1, 2010 by dirk
The heart of the text disputes Martin Bernal's thesis & reduces the somewhat exaggerated influence of ancient Greece. Read morePublished on July 20, 2006 by SUPPORT THE ASPCA.
David Gress's _From Plato to NATO: The Idea of the West and Its Opponents_ is not only a 550 page book on the history of Western culture and civilization, but a deconstruction of... Read morePublished on July 13, 2004 by zonaras
This is an interesting book but a little flawed. Author wishes to downplay the role of greeks in shaping of modern west and emphasize christianity, Rome and Germanic contributions,... Read morePublished on July 14, 2003
~From Plato To Nato : The Idea Of The West And Its Opponents~ tackles a most complex and ambigious subject, the Idea of the West. Read morePublished on May 11, 2003 by R. Setliff
I have never read such a good, comprehensive history of the idea of the West. Too often, historians and commentators have focussed on the classical and modern avatars of it,... Read morePublished on October 29, 2002 by Sophie Masson
I read this book over a year ago and I am still telling people about it. I have not read very much non-fiction for leisure, and I really felt that my background in history was... Read morePublished on February 9, 2002