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!If ideas do not determine history, inventions do; and inventions are determined by ideas.Click To Tweet