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Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  7 reviews
It has been said that we live in a world with no heroes. Young people model themselves after flashy athletes and emulate entertainers of dubious character. As tabloids exploit rumors and investigative reporting delves into the cellars of people's personal lives, few women or men in leadership positions are left standing as respectable role models.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 3rd 1998 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 1997)
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Dimmie Zeigler
This book is beautifully written by David Aikman, former senior foreign correspondent for TIME magazine. He chose six people who have "exerted a phenomenal, and unquestionably beneficial, influence on the human race during this century." Four he met and interviewed in his career and the other two he chose for their comparable significance. What all six of these prominent figures would agree to "is that individual people still count enormously, indeed infinitley, in our sometimes fearfully overcr ...more
Dr. David Aikman does a great job with this book, capturing the essence of each great soul (Billy Graham, Nelson Mandela, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, and Elie Wiesel) in a brief but thorough treatment. He emphasizes a particular quality or theme for each: forgiveness for Mendela, memory for Wiesel, etc. Personally I found this book very informative, as I had little or no knowledge of many of these influential individuals of the past century. Aikman doesn't glorify t ...more
Mar 25, 2008 Kendra rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kendra by: Dr. Jackson - Ethics
I skimmed this one for class. Not as striking as the title suggests. It was good to be familiar with the names, but I did not enjoy the obtuse way in which it was written. Maybe I'll try again at a different stage in life.
Patricia Joynton

A bedside book that I read. Enjoyed it, but finished it some time ago. Again, to reread? Came across it under a bed. I'll see if I really finished it.
Nathan Michael
A great insight into the lives of people in recent history who have shaped history.
I read the Indonesian version, telling only the story of Mother Theresa.
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David Aikman, former Time magazine Beijing bureau chief, is an author, journalist, and foreign policy consultant. After more than two decades with Time magazine - reporting from more than fifty countries and interviewing world figures such as Boris Yeltson, Billy Graham, Magnuel Noriega, and Mother Teresa -- Aikman became a freelance writer and commentat
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