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by Will Durant
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Will and Ariel Durant's massive undertaking "The Story of Civilization" is a series of 11 completed books, roughly totaling 10,000 pages of historical narrative published between 1935 and 1975. The Durants' illustrious prose is breathtakingly sublime in style and prescient in their comments on the philosophy of understanding history. This volume supplies a healthy sense of awe at the art and culture of the time, while also tempering our excitement and fascination of "high society" with the brutal politics, violent wars, and licentious and profligate society of Renaissance Italy.