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

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Jacques Barzun

In the last half-millennium, as the noted cultural critic and historianJacques Barzunobserves, great revolutions have swept the Western world. Each has brought profound change--for instance, the remaking of the commercial and social worlds wrought by … see full wiki

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Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: HarperCollins
2 reviews about From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present:...
review by . May 28, 2012
The treasure is the inheritance of the 500 years of Western cultural life of Barzun's subtitle that is at my fingertips today.  The map is Barzun's lifework documented in 800-plus pages of hard-learned and hand-drawn (as it were) survey marking the the routes to the treasure caches that have been created, assembled, saved, and lost over the five centuries of modern Western culture.      While this is a survey in the grand professorial style (for example, Barzun will …
review by . November 23, 2006
Given the wonderful reviews below, it would be vain to summarize the structure of this magnificient book. Instead, I'd like to tell you what I think `Dawn to Decadence' can do for you.    * First, and maybe best, you get to spend 802 pages worth of your reading time in the company of a man who has thought long and hard about who we are and has the grace and talent to share it. Jacques Barzun is very good company.    * You'll get to expand your knowledge of …
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