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Why the West Rules - for Now: The Patterns of History and What They Reveal about the Future Paperback – 4 Aug 2011

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846682088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846682087
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A provocative and extraordinary contribution to wide-screen comparative history... a true banquet of ideas (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

An important book - one that challenges, stimulates and entertains. Anyone who does not believe there are lessons to be learned from history should start here (Economist)

Perhaps the smartest and sanest guide to the twenty-first century so far (South China Morning Post)

One doffs one's hat to Morris's breadth, ambition and erudition (Paul Kennedy Sunday Times)

Morris is the world's most talented ancient historian, a man as much at home with state of-the-art archaeology as with the classics as they used to be studied. Here, he has brilliantly pulled off what few modern academics would dare to attempt (Niall Ferguson Foreign Affairs)

Morris handles huge ideas and transglobal theories with a breathtaking ease and humour (Artemis Cooper Evening Standard, Books of the Year)

[an] enjoyable and thought-provoking book (Nicholas Shakespeare Telegraph)

A lucid thinker and a fine writer (New York Times)

The nearest thing to a unified field theory of history we are ever likely to get. With wit and wisdom, Ian Morris deploys the techniques and insights of the new ancient history to address the biggest of all historical questions: Why on earth did the West beat the Rest? I loved it. (Niall Ferguson)

At last - a brilliant historian with a light touch. We should all rejoice. (John Julius Norwich)

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Why does the West rule? Eminent Stanford polymath Ian Morris answers this provocative question, drawing uniquely on 15,000 years of history and archaeology, and the methods of social science.

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