The Purpose of the Past (audiobook)

Reflections on the Uses of History

10.8 hrs • 9 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Nonfiction/History
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 01/01/08
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Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 03/01/08 9781433210044
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
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Summary

History is to society what memory is to the individual—without it, we don’t know who we are and we can’t make wise decisions about our future. But while the nature of memory is constant, the nature of history has changed radically over the past forty years.

In The Purpose of the Past, historian Gordon S. Wood examines this sea change in his field through consideration of some of its most important historians and their works. Along the way, he offers wonderful insight into what great historians do, how they can stumble, and what strains of thought have dominated the marketplace of ideas in historical scholarship. The result is a history of American history—and an argument for its ongoing necessity.

A commanding assessment of the field by one of its masters, The Purpose of the Past will enlarge every reader’s capacity to appreciate history.

Review Quotes

“[Wood] possesses as profound a grasp of the early days of the Republic as anyone now working.”

New York Times Book Review

“Essential reading for anyone who cares about history.”

Washington Post

“Illuminating...[Wood’s] pitch-perfect erudition is legendary.” 

Los Angeles Times

“Fruitful reading for academics and history buffs alike.”

Kirkus Reviews