Worlds at War

  • by Anthony Pagden
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Jared Diamond and Jacques Barzun, prize-winning historian Anthony Pagden presents a sweeping history of the long struggle between East and West, from the Greeks to the present day. The relationship between East and West has always been one of turmoil. In this historical tour de force, a renowned historian leads us from the world of classical antiquity, through the Dark Ages, to the Crusades, Europe's resurgence, and the dominance of the Ottoman Empire, which almost shattered Europe entirely. Pagden travels from Napoleon in Egypt to Europe's carving up of the finally moribund Ottomans - creating the modern Middle East along the way - and on to the present struggles in Iraq.
Throughout, we learn a tremendous amount about what "East" and "West" were and are, and how it has always been competing worldviews and psychologies, more than religion or power grabs, that have fed the mistrust and violence between East and West. In Pagden's dark but provocative view, this struggle cannot help but go on.


What the Critics Say

"An accessible and lucid exploration of the history of the East-West split....Fans of Jacques Barzun and Jared Diamond will be most impressed by Pagden's big picture perspective." ( Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fantastic content and narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this audiobook provides first class education and due to the narrator it's very enjoyable and easy to listen to.

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What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

John Lee narration brings the historic characters to life whilst maintaining an objective tone.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Impossible to make a film as the subject would fill days.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook has given me (and still does) an invaluable history lesson and a greater understanding of the presence. I'd recommend this audiobook as highly valuable!

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- Peer Nelz


If you don't mind listening to an endless litany of names, places and dates that you probably haven't heard before and certainly won't remember, then you may enjoy this book. Its certainly an interesting subject. But the author seems to be showing off his vast knowledge in this oh so erudite disquisition. Yes, a bit annoying ...
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- Lord Peridot

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-03-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio