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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; 2006 edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753820897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753820896
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,647,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Watson is the author of War on the Mind, Wisdom and Strength, The Caravaggio Conspiracy, Ideas, and The German Genius. Educated at the universities of Durham, London, and Rome, he has written for the Sunday Times, the Times, the New York Times, the Observer, and the Spectator. He lives in London.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By César González Rouco on July 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
In the last few years I have been searching books offering a general overview of the past, and I have realized that many books entitled "History of ...whatever" only provide information about the West, the rest of the world being almost ignored.

Watson's on ideas is different, is truly global. It is about ideas in general, not just abstract philosophy, all kind of them.I was surprised that no one else had made a comment before to this masterful work, which in my opinion can be savored by the professional historian and educated layperson alike, so I add mine.My rate is between 5 (content) and 4 (pleasure, sometimes falling to 3, sometimes raising to 5). I highly recommend it.

Other works whose scope is as amazingly global as Watson's and which I would suggest to read (hoping that will be of use for those looking for a broad framework to understand ourselves) are the following: 1. Agrarian cultures: "Pre-industrial societies" by Patricia Crone; 2. Economy: "The world economy. A millennial perspective" (2001) plus "The world economy: Historical Statistics" (2003) by Angus Maddison (a combined edition of these two volumes is to appear on December 2007); 3. Government: "The History of Government" by S.E. Finer; 4. Religion: "The Phenomenon of Religion: A Thematic Approach" by Moojan Momen; and 5. War: "War in Human Civilization" by Azar Gat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine on January 27, 2013
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A book that can be read in "spurts" -- every page teaches you something that you did not know! A perfect read for the lover of facts.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
One of the best i ever read.
Now is possible to understand why ideas "sleep" since greeks to Newton
Easy to read and with profound concepts
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