From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life

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6.1 X 8.1 X 1.7 inches | 1.8 pounds

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About the Author

Born in France in 1907, Jacques Barzun came to the United States in 1920. After graduating from Columbia College, he joined the faculty of the university, becoming Seth Low Professor of History and, for a decade, Dean of Faculties and Provost. The author of some thirty books, including the New York Times bestseller From Dawn to Decadence, he received the Gold Medal for Criticism from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, of which he was twice president. He lived in San Antonio, Texas, before passing away at age 104.


"A stunning five-century study of civilization's cultural retreat."--William Safire, New York Times
"Barzun writes with unfailing, stylish lucidity and enlivens his vast tale with ingenious devices."--The New Yorker
"How many times in one's life does one get to welcome a masterpiece, which, without a doubt, this amazing work certainly is?"--National Review
"[From Dawn to Decadence] is arguably the best thinking man's bedside book ever written."--Peter Green, Times Literary Supplement
"Jacques Barzun's summa is the work of a very great historian and of a seer. The phrase from the Bible is apposite: 'The hearing ear, and the seeing eye' is his great gift--and a gift to his readers."--John Lukacs, author of Five Days in London