The Age of Faith

The Age of Faith (The Story of Civilization IV) by Will Durant

For a review, consider just this single sentence within a single paragraph buried deep within this massive tome: “Above all, the world needed a creed that would balance tribulation with hope, soften bereavement with solace, redeem the prose of toil with the poetry of belief, cancel life’s brevity with continuance, and give an inspiring and ennobling significance to a cosmic drama that might else be a meaningless and intolerable procession of souls, species, and stars stumbling one by one into an inescapable extinction.”

Durant knows how to make one feel the fraternity of humankind like no other. This book, like all others in his Story of Civilization, stands as a testament to both the achievements of a single man and the achievements of all mankind.