Authors & Events
Authors & Events
Dec 05, 2006
| ISBN 9781400079797
Mar 24, 2010
| ISBN 9780307485908
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Dec 05, 2006 | ISBN 9781400079797
Mar 24, 2010 | ISBN 9780307485908
Beginning beneath the walls of Troy and culminating in 1930s Europe, a magisterial exploration of the nature of heroism in Western civilization.In this riveting and insightful cultural history, Lucy Hughes-Hallett brings to life eight exceptional men from history and myth to explore our timeless need for heroes. As she re-creates these extraordinary lives, Hughes-Hallett illuminates the attractions and dangers of hero worship. This is a fascinating book about dictatorship and democracy, seduction and mass hysteria, politics and culture, and the tensions between being good and being great.
LUCY HUGHES-HALLETT is an award-winning cultural historian and critic. She is the author of biographies of Cleopatra and Gabriele d’Annunzio and of Heroes: A History of Hero Worship. Former television critic for the Evening Standard, she has long been a regular contributor to… More about Lucy Hughes-Hallett
“One of the many virtues of Heroes is that it values the attraction of monumental history while underscoring its dangers. . . . An enthralling book that achieves a felicitous compromise between skepticism and wonder.” –The Wall Street Journal“Wonderful. . . . A great treat. . . . Gloriously packed with meaningful curiosities, the kinds of things that make a historical moment flash into being.” –The Washington Post Book World“Authoritative. . . . Artful. . . . [Hughes-Hallett] achieves a balanced and well-assessed survey, with nimble wit, wide knowledge and what seems like peerless insight.” –San Francisco Chronicle“Hughes-Hallett is a wonderful writer and these stories—often-byzantine narratives of reversals and comebacks, schemes and counterschemes—are carried by the graceful vigor of her prose. . . . Thrilling and captivating.” –The Wilson Quarterly
PrologueI: AchillesII: AlcibiadesIII: CatoIV: El CidV: Francis DrakeVI: WallensteinVII: GaribaldiVIII: OdysseusAuthor’s NoteReferencesBibliographyIndexIllustration Credits
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