Galileo by James Reston audiobook

Galileo: A Life

By James Reston Jr.
Read by Jeff Riggenbach

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781470888008

  • ISBN: 9781455127955

  • ISBN: 9781455127962

Runtime: 12.79 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

For the last four hundred years, Galileo has fascinated and inspired writers, theologians, playwrights, historians, and scientists. As the founder of modern science and the embodiment of the conflict between science and faith, Galileo remains the most fascinating figure of his age. Here James Reston, Jr., presents a lively, dramatic portrait of Galileo, one that not only takes us to the heart of this passionate, embattled, prickly, vain, arrogant, and brilliant man but also paints a vivid picture of Renaissance Italy, of its unparalleled cultural richness and political and religious intrigues. At the center of the story, of course, is Galileo’s discovery of the telescope, which revolutionized astronomy but put Galileo into conflict with the Catholic Church until 1633, when the Inquisition denounced him, banishing him for the last nine years of his life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Reston] recreates the era with immediacy by mining Galileo’s journals and letters for dialogue. The use of present tense gives the characters a magnified, flesh-and-blood presence that neatly balances with the Galileo legend.” Publishers Weekly
“Reston brings this star-gazing, intuitively intelligent, original, articulate, witty, theatrical, self-promoting, cash-poor, and nearly inexhaustible Italian Catholic to life in an involving and, yes, suspenseful narrative. Acquaintance with the facts does nothing to diminish the drama, and Reston’s zealous research…vivid descriptions, and frank indignation over the church’s appalling treatment of his hero enliven every page.” Booklist
“A well-rounded portrait…Successfully portrays Galileo’s world, with its colorful group of Renaissance Italians. Readily accessible, the book is an interesting character study and political biography of the great scientist.” Kirkus Reviews
“Riggenbach conveys the drama of Galileo’s capitulation before the Inquisition—a scene of conflict between documented observation and accepted belief so vivid it could easily have taken place in today’s world instead of four centuries ago. Galileo’s was an exciting mind in an era of discovery and tumult, rendered distinctively in Riggenbach’s narration.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: James Reston Jr.

Author Bio: James Reston Jr.

James Reston Jr. is a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The author of more than a dozen books, including Warriors of God and Dogs of God, he lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 12.79
Audience: Adult
Language: English