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Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind

Tom Holland

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History

In celebration of Abacus's 50th anniversary, a reissue of the provocative history that reimagines the development of the Western mind. With a new Introduction by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan

The Sunday Times bestseller, with a new introduction by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

'If great books encourage you to look at the world in an entirely new way, then Dominion is a very great book indeed' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times History Book of the Year
'Terrific: bold, ambitious and passionate' Peter Frankopan

Dominion tells the epic story of how those in the West came to be what they are, and why they think the way they do. Ranging from Moses to Merkel, from Babylon to Beverley Hills, from the emergence of secularism to the abolition of slavery, it explores why, in a society that has become increasingly doubtful of religion's claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian. Christianity's enduring impact is not confined to churches. It can be seen everywhere in the West: in science, in secularism, in gay rights, even in atheism. It is - to coin a phrase - the greatest story ever told.

PRAISE FOR DOMINION
'A masterpiece of scholarship and storytelling' John Gray, New Statesman
'Filled with vivid portraits, gruesome deaths and moral debates... Holland has all the talents of an accomplished novelist' Terry Eagleton, Guardian
'This extraordinary book is vintage Tom Holland: history boldly and elegantly retold' Diarmaid MacCulloch

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Praise for Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind

  • Holland is an illuminating guide on a journey from Ancient Athens to 21st-century gay rights - History Revealed

  • Sustained with all the breadth, originality and erudition that we have come to associate with Holland's writing - Spectator

  • Holland is an exceptionally good storyteller with a marvellous eye for detail - The Economist

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Tom Holland

Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. His bestselling books include Rubicon: The Triumph and the Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Persian Fire, which won the Anglo-Hellenic League's Runciman Award; Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom; In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World; Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar; and Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind.

Holland has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. His translation of Herodotus was published in 2013 by Penguin Classics and followed in 2016 by a history of thelstan published under the Penguin Monarchs series, and in 2019 thelfl d England's Forgotten Founder as a Ladybird Expert Book. In 2007, he was the winner of the Classical Association prize, awarded to 'the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilisation of Ancient Greece and Rome'.

Holland hosts (with Dominic Sandbrook) the no.1 podcast The Rest is History. He has written and presented a number of TV documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from religion to dinosaurs. He served two years as the Chair of the Society of Authors; as Chair of the PLR Advisory Committee and was on the committee of the Classical Association.

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