- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (November 9, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780060929640
- ISBN-13: 978-0060929640
- ASIN: 0060929642
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 Paperback – November 9, 2004
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“Murray’s overview…is engaging, user-friendly....[readers] are sure to enjoy his arguments and elegant presentation.” (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of seven other books, including Losing Ground and The Bell Curve, with Richard J. Herrnstein.
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Now then, a dose of reality. It is too little too late.. Even if we teach our children the things he develops it will only allow them to see and understand the collapse. Mr. Murray peripherally acknowledges the overriding importance of worldview in the culture(s) that drives accomplishment. I think he may have been a little weak with respect to this but not entirely.
I heartily recommend this book to those who enjoy the patterns and subtleties of long term cultural history. Mr Murray provides many, many insights.
Murray has chosen the creme de la creme of thinkers and doers who have accomplished results having profound, advancing effect on society in the areas of artistic and scientific excellence -- this between 800 BC to 1950 AD. Murray recognized that such choices as he made can be seen as tainted by his own subjective biases. For this reason he has devoted a significant part of his book to explaining the systems by which he sought to achieve objectivity.
<Human Accomplishment> is not a book to be entered lightly. It contains much to interest the discriminating reader IF THAT READER IS PREPARED TO GIVE IT HIS CLOSE ATTENTION.
I'll tell you a little about the author Charles Murray's method to determine who the most significant figures are in the arts and sciences. He did a statistical analysis across English-printed and foreign-printed textbooks in the arts and sciences, calculated who the most frequently cited were, and the amount of pages were devoted to those figures. And these were the figures that emerged. It's a pretty cool concept, and it made for a pretty fun read. I think it's definitely an important book.
This one was different. The author took me down paths I never even thought about.
He looked at what an outstanding accomplishment was, why it was outstanding, what caused it to be outstanding, what contributed to periods of accomplishment, what stopped them and more.
I learned much that will be useful to me as a teacher to inspire students to strive to achieve great things. Thank You, Mr. Murray