From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present

From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present

by Jacques Barzun
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ISBN-10:
0060928832
ISBN-13:
9780060928834
Pub. Date:
05/28/2001
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
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From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LeoWong More than 1 year ago
This book covers a lot of ground at different levels. It is "mountainous" as the author said of one of his favorites, Montaigne. To help readers over the terrain, I have constructed an expanded table of contents of the book: http://www.murphywong.net/d2d.htm. Enjoy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm still reading this book, and I'm reading it slowly because I am learning so much. I find myself making notes in the margins as well as jotting down thoughts and quotes in my journal. Anyone who senses something is amiss with our present day culture and wants to understand how we got here might want to try this book.
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BuzSA More than 1 year ago
After reading glowing reviews, I bought the book anticipating a great reading experience. Wrong. Maybe it's a case of the emperor's new clothes; no one wants to admit having difficulty following the author's writing because they agree with his opinions. Honestly, I don't think JB is capable of writing a simple sentence. Oh, the grammar, syntax, and punctuation are all fine, but the writing is convoluted. It's rambling. It's less history and more pontification. I thought that perhaps my reading level had slipped in the last few years, so I showed a couple of paragraphs to others, including my daughter who has a Masters in writing. Her response was, "That's how they told us not to write." If I could get a refund, I'd return it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For someone who evidently pontificated about being simple and direct, this book is the antithesis of both. Virtually every page drips with the condescending snobbery of a 'man of letters' who has seen and read about it all before. I was often left scratching my head at the end of a section, and wondering why I was forced to suffer the endless juxtapositions and what was the salient point of the bloated writing style. I am fascinated with European History, and if I had began with this book years ago I would have dumped the subject.