Heroes: From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle (P.S.)

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9780061143175: Heroes: From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle (P.S.)

A galaxy of legendary figures from the annals of Western history

In this enlightening and entertaining work, Paul Johnson, the bestselling author of Intellectuals and Creators, approaches the subject of heroism with stirring examples of men and women from every age, walk of life, and corner of the planet who have inspired and transformed not only their own cultures but the entire world as well.

Heroes includes:

Samson, Judith, and Deborah · Henry V and Joan of Arc · Elizabeth I and Walter Raleigh · George Washington, the Duke of Wellington, and Lord Nelson · Emily Dickinson · Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee · Mae West and Marilyn Monroe · Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II

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About the Author:

Paul Johnson is a historian whose work ranges over the millennia and the whole gamut of human activities. He regularly writes book reviews for several UK magazines and newspapers, such as the Literary Review and The Spectator, and he lectures around the world. He lives in London, England.

From AudioFile:

This latest title from Paul Johnson, the conservative British journalist and historian, is a series of essays about heroic figures through the ages. Listeners would quibble with the choices in any audiobook of this type, but JohnsonÕs idea of a hero reeks of his blue blood: His men are largely warriors and statesmen (including, appallingly, the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet) while his female examples include hostesses and sex symbols. The writing is at times unbearably pompous--he never misses an opportunity to drop names. Narrator James Adams has a formal-sounding British accent that sounds appropriate to the material, and his delivery actually manages to warm up the chilly text heÕs working with. That in itself is heroic. D.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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