In this riveting and insightful cultural history, Lucy Hughes-Hallett brings to life eight exceptional men from history and myth to explore our timeless need for heroes. As she re-creates these extraordinary lives, Hughes-Hallett illuminates the attractions and dangers of hero worship. This is a fascinating book about dictatorship and democracy, seduction and mass hysteria, politics and culture, and the tensions between being good and being great.
About: An insightful study of heroism and of hero worship throughout history ranges from the ancient Trojan war to the twentieth century, looking at such figures as Alcibiades, El Cid, Albrecht von Wallenstein, Cato, Drake, and Garibaldi in terms of two paradigms of the Homeric heroes--Achilles, who sacrificed his life for glory, and Odysseus, the ultimate survivor.
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