Heroes : From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle

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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
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A galaxy of legendary figures from the annals of Western historyIn 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.Heroes includes: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

Author Biography

Paul Johnson is a historian whose work ranges across the millennia and the whole gamut of human activities. He contributes a weekly essay to The Spectator and a monthly column to Forbes and lectures around the world

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is a Hero?p. xi
God's Heroes: Deborah, Judith, Samson and Davidp. 1
Earthshakers: Alexander the Great and Julius Caesarp. 27
Feminist Fire and Slaughter: Boudicap. 49
Exemplary Heroes: Henry V and Joan of Arcp. 56
Heroism in the Age of the Axe: St. Thomas More, Lady Jane Grey, Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleghp. 76
In the Roar of the Cannon's Mouth: Washington, Nelson and Wellingtonp. 112
Tortured Heroism in a Man's World: Jane Welsh Carlyle and Emily Dickinsonp. 143
Two Kinds of Nobility: Lincoln and Leep. 165
Cerebral Heroism: Ludwig Wittgensteinp. 180
The Heroism of the Hostess: Lady Pamela Berry et al.p. 199
A Generous Hero and a Heroic Monster: Churchill and de Gaullep. 215
Heroism Behind the Greasepaint: Mae West and Marilyn Monroep. 234
The Heroic Trinity Who Tamed the Bear: Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul IIp. 253
Epilogue: Any Future for Heroism?p. 275
Notes on Further Readingp. 281
Indexp. 285
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