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The Cave and the Light
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Arthur Herman is the bestselling author of Freedom's Forge, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, The Idea of Decline in Western History, To Rule the Waves, and Gandhi & Churchill, which was a 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Herman taught the Western Heritage Program at the Smithsonian's Campus on the Mall, and he has been a professor of history at Georgetown University, The Catholic University of America, George Mason University, and The University of the South at Sewanee.

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"A sweeping intellectual history viewed through two ancient Greek lenses . . . breezy and enthusiastic but resting on a sturdy rock of research."--Kirkus Reviews

"Examining mathematics, politics, theology, and architecture, the book demonstrates the continuing relevance of the ancient world."--Publishers Weekly

"A fabulous way to understand over two millennia of history, all in one book."--Library Journal

"Entertaining and often illuminating."--The Wall Street Journal

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Gandhi & Churchill
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

"You finish the book knowing that you can evaluate the world today, particularly modern India, with more knowledge and insight."--USA Today

"Scrupulous, compelling, and unfailingly instructive . . . a detailed and richly filigreed account that introduces the Anglo-American reader to many facts and vivid if little-known personalities, both English and Indian."--Commentary

Freedom's Forge "A rambunctious book that is itself alive with the animal spirits of the marketplace."--The Wall Street Journal

How the Scots Invented the Modern World

"Professor Herman demonstrates an infectious and uplifting passion for his subject. Unlike many academics, he is a natural writer, weaving philosophical concerns seamlessly through a historical narrative that romps along at a cracking pace, producing a text that is highly accessible without compromising the rational quality of his argument."--The Guardian

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