The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time by Will Durant

My Review on The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time by Will Durant

"If ideas do not determine history, inventions do; and inventions are determined by ideas."

Will Durant’s The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time took me by surprise to say the least. Upon purchasing the book I had no clue who Will Durant even was and just thought that this would be an interesting read but nothing else.

I was wrong. To begin, Will Durant (as specified on the front cover) is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Medal of Freedom. So, quite an important person. His style of writing is one that I enjoy to read.

The content found in this book (you can see the chapters on the back; a picture of the back is above this passage) is all opinionated to say the least. BUT he does his best to be objective enough so that it’s not merely “oh, I think he’s the greatest poet because of his recent poem,”. No. He put thought into what he has written so that, hopefully, more than just a few people agree with him. Or, at a minimum, more than a few can understand his opinion.

By the way, I haven’t talked to Will Durant so this is just my analysis on how he wrote what he wrote and what not.

Nonetheless, this is one of the main books I would recommend to anyone who’s looking to just get a bit smarter. It serves as a bit of a directory as well as a basis on, essentially, our history and particular events that Durant believes revolutionized our lives today.

The reason I also consider it a directory is because he has a chapter that contains the top 100 books to read for anyone looking to become an educated person. Now, these won’t make you a genius but Durant believes that it will surely be beneficial in regards to your knowledge (even if you aren’t a college student/graduate).

The book is small and consists of around 110 pages (though I may have gotten a shorter version since it says that this was compiled and edited). You’ll learn about quite a few things and look at certain inventions from a different perspective.

In conclusion, I enjoyed the book and if you get it I hope you do as well. I learned a bit and now, once I finish reading all of the books I currently have (wish me luck with that) I have quite a few more to consider!

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