• Its perplexing. For most of my adult life (yes, I am this much of a nerd) these books have sat on my shelf, taunting me with their multivolume, civilization spanning knowledge. But while there have been some surprising revelations in the middle east section, I’m discovering that I’m not as ignorant as I thought I was. Not trying to toot my own horn, and Durant is certainly putting in order the random bits of historic knowledge I had, but it turns out I knew more than I realized. Why, I could even pass for a mid-twentieth century educated person!

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