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  • The Human Adventure
    • L. Bangs
      Posted Jun 23, 2005 3:03 PM

      Well, simply put, I will eat my hat if The Human Adventure was anything other than a slipcover encasing James H. Breasted's Conquest of Civilization and James H. Robinson's Ordeal of Civilization. A company did publish the books together at the proper time for Durant's list, the books fit Will's descriptions to perfection, and (perhaps most convincing) the chapters of the volumes line up exactly with Durant's assignments on his list. In fact, in the introduction to a later edition of Conquest of Civilization, Edith Williams Ware writes, "...Dr. Breasted was induced in 1926 to prepare a somewhat more mature book, based on the foregoing text but without the pedagogical details. This book he called the Conquest of Civilization, a title envisaging Man as having set out on a great adventure - the "Human Adventure" -..."

      All this evidence is strong enough for me to be rather sure that the mysterious The Human Adventure was merely a packaging of Conquest of Civilization and Ordeal of Civilization into one set, perhaps with a slipcover bearing the The Human Adventure title.

      I hope this research and reasoning helps others...

      Shalom, y'all!

      L. Bangs
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