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Civilization by Niall Ferguson
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Nov 10, 2011

really liked it
Read from February 22 to March 13, 2012

While I admit that this book can get dry at times (very textbook-like), the final chapter was worth it. The author writes compelling reasons as to why the West advanced so far beyond the rest and even goes so far to point out some negative effects of that advancement as well, racial superiority theories for example.

The part that really made up my mind to love this book, though, was at the end where the author challenges the way we educate our youth. "At its core, a civilization is the texts that are taught in its schools, learned by its students and recollected in times of tribulation". He goes on to posit whether our historical ignorance might, in the end, be our downfall. Great stuff that I'm sure will keep my thinking for quite a while.

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