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A great book to read about western civilization.... so far....
It's a slow read because it's so packed with material... Read more
a great piiece of scholarship but not a history of the West. See Kenneth Clark, Civilization: a personal view or even, though not a scholarly work, Roger Osborne, Civilization: a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Apollonius
I read this book when it was first published in the early sixties. It is a superb history of the 'rise of the west'. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David B. Straus
An absolutely readable and thorough (relatively, considering it's scope) history of how the West - once an inconsequential backwater - came to dominate the globe. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. Boland
The finest work, to my knowledge, exploring the concepts of cultural interaction. Its application to today can best be expressed by a brief quote from the work: "…Mercantile... Read morePublished 18 months ago by William Maher
Reliable source for studying the rise of hujmanity in the west. Excellent
I recommend the reading and studying of it.
This is one of the best history books I've ever read. McNeill is a great story teller. With lots of detail, he weaves a tight story of how history is driven by the interaction of... Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Alan Wortman
It really helps me a lot with my school work and the book is very well organized. That's what history should be: not a trail of rigid, dead facts, but very deep analysis and... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Richard