A galaxy of legendary figures from the annals of Western history
In this enlightening and entertaining work, Paul Johnson, the bestselling author of Intellectuals and Creators, approaches the subject of heroism with stirring examples of men and women from every age, walk of life, and corner of the planet who have inspired and transformed not only their own cultures but the entire world as well.
Samson, Judith, and Deborah • Henry V and Joan of Arc • Elizabeth I and Walter Raleigh • George Washington, the Duke of Wellington, and Lord Nelson • Emily Dickinson • Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee • Mae West and Marilyn Monroe • Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II
God's Heroes: Deborah, Judith, Samson and David -- Earthshakers: Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar -- Feminist Fire and Slaughter: Boudica -- Exemplary Heroes: Henry V and Joan of Arc -- Heroism in the Age of the Axe: St. Thomas More, Lady Jane Grey, Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Ralegh -- In the Roar of the Cannon's Mouth: Washington, Nelson and Wellington -- Tortured Heroism in a Man's World: Jane Welsh Carlyle and Emily Dickinson -- Two Kinds of Nobility: Lincoln and Lee -- Cerebral Heroism: Lundwig Wittgenstein -- The Heroism of the Hostess: Lady Pamela Berry et al. -- A Generous Hero and a Heroic Monster: Churchill and de Gaulle -- Heroism Behind the Greasepaint: Mae West and Marilyn Monroe -- The Heroic Trinity Who Tamed the Bear: Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul II -- Epilogue: Any Future for Heroism?
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 13th October 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia