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By Jared on 28-01-15
Thoughtful, engaging tour
I suggest first listening to Famous Romans and Famous Greeks as a foundation for this wonderful course, although it would be beneficial even without them.
I love Prof. Fears. His good-humored, unique style of storytelling combined with his vast knowledge and wise insights keep me coming back for more. This course was certainly thought-provoking; don't expect it to be an affirmation of everything you already think. And be aware that you'll be left with a sense of responsibility for the future of freedom.
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By Knitting Nerd on 04-09-15
Fascinating history of ideas and the people who best represented them. Explains so much about how we are today. Highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Anonymous User on 20-07-18
A World Class Course in Freedom
This should be a compulsory course for every high school student in the US!!! It is such a shame Dr Fears is no longer with us. I would have loved to discuss the history of freedom over some adult beverages.
By Timoteo on 08-03-18
Enjoyable, engaging lectures
I enjoyed Professor Fears's lectures in this set. Fears was an accomplished scholar but he was also an engaging lecturer and gifted storyteller. He was primarily a classicist. He was chair of the classics department at Boston University, and later held a chair in the history of liberty at the University of Oklahoma. He was also editor of some of the collected works of John Acton. In this course Fears taught that history is not the result of anonymous social and economic forces, but rather is driven by courageous men and women who lead. His examples include Socrates, Pericles, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Jesus, Martin Luther, and moderns including Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. This is a long course that requires a significant investment of time and attention but I do not regret taking this course.
By Tom on 13-02-17
This should be a required course for all American Citzens. Understand your roots.
Professor Fears is one of the best college orators I have ever heard.
The lectures are concise and to the point and Professor Fears is great at tying them together so the whole course flows from one lecture to the next.
By rth on 27-05-14
An Understanding Few Possess
Where does A History of Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Herein describes the nature and portent of freedom; and why the fabric of freedom -- the power behind proactive reality -- is so tangled by two primary beliefs of what freedom means: both to each of us, and then to all of us. The concept made real is fundamental to our being, yet we rarely care to understand why. Described in these lectures is the unyielding yet fluid current that lifts and guides the human spirit, drives our creative endeavors, ultimately to reveal our love and sacrifice. The values and principles of freedom, as a primal force, are given voice in this excellent narrative as the beliefs and activities of historic philosophers, statesmen and messiah. Freedom is a translation, how we give Truth our active voice; understanding why is the greatest power of all.
If you care about freedom as an apex responsibility, then within these lectures you will discover that, "you are not alone".
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