How the West Won

  • by Rodney Stark
  • Narrated by Kevin Foley
  • 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Modernity developed only in the West - in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization.
How the West Won demonstrates the primacy of uniquely Western ideas - among them the belief in free will, the commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the notion that the universe functions according to rational rules that can be discovered, and the emphasis on human freedom and secure property rights. How the West Won displays Stark's gifts for lively narrative history and making the latest scholarship accessible to all. This bold, insightful book will force you to rethink your understanding of the West and the birth of modernity - and to recognize that Western civilization really has set itself apart from other cultures.

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A worthy discourse but lacking a solid conclusion

Narrator was poor but bareable. some interesting facts but rather basic analysis at times. the book is useful in dispelling common myths (e.g. christianity is anti science, ancient arabs invented mathematics) but I was disappointed that the author didn't dedicate a chapter (a short one would do!) to tying up his arguments in a conclusion.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-06-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio