At less than 150 pages, it can be digested in a few sittings and offers an impressive overview of human nature and the rise and fall of civilizations. The prose is also beautiful. Here’s the official book description: “A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant. With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time.”
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