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The Martyrdom of Man

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A book of the authors thoughts on the history of the world, with inclusion of some remarkable predictions for the future. Includes chapters on war - Western Asia, the Persians, Carthage and Rome, the Arabs, etc; religion - Arabian, Mecca, Israelites, the Jews, etc; liberty - Ancient Europe, the German Invasion, the Portuguese Discoveries, Abolition, etc.; and intellect. Th ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by University Press of the Pacific (first published 1872)
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Tarun Rattan
It's amazing to read the clarity of thought of Winwood Reade in this book and how he shreds apart the folly of organized religions. This man was definitely centuries ahead of this times. Everyone should read this, it's a human treasure.
Apr 06, 2008 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in Victorian approaches to evo. beyond Darwin
Recommended to Laura by: professor - for thesis
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A difficult book to rate - certainly not one that I would read in my spare time or that I particularly enjoy reading for my thesis. Also not one that I will read more than bits and pieces of. Nevertheless, it is a superbly written polemic on human evolution and natural history. Originally published in 1872, Reade was inspired by his trip to Africa to write a history of various central-African tribes but ended up writing a "history of the world" in 543 pages instead. Reade makes no apologies for ...more
Sep 27, 2012 Cliff added it
I question the factual basis of some historic assertions, but I think it's a nice compilation of the understanding of world history in nineteenth century England. His final conclusion is remarkable for the time, but doesn't really go far enough.
It is written in the ponderous, florid language of the mid-Victorians, however, most of it is quite profound, and some of it surprisingly prescient.

Highly recommended, despite its perceived shortcomings.
This book unmasks the fantasy and hoax that is religion
Garrh tas has Pirates & everyfink

I can't say it was an enjoyable read but it was an eye opener for me. There's a pattern in what happens to cultures through the ages. Also the Evolution V's Religion message was damning.
Dina Strange
If there is one historical book you can read, read this one. Excellent book. William Reade is a brilliant writer.
Why aren't you reading this right now? Are you a communist? You must be if you're not reading this right now.
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