By Chris Stewart
How strange is it, rather, within the background of all recognized human adventure, to benefit from the benefits of dwelling free?
The resolution might shock you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a robust case that fewer than five percentage of every person who've ever lived in the world have lived lower than stipulations that lets give some thought to loose. So the place did freedom come from, and the way are we lucky adequate to event it in our day?
A deeper examine the human checklist, write the authors, unearths a sequence of severe occasions, visible forks within the street resulting in very various results, that led to this striking interval during which we are living. They determine and talk about seven decisive tipping points:
1. The defeat of the Assyrians of their quest to damage the dominion of Judah
2. The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
three. Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity
four. The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
five. The failure of the Mongols of their attempt to overcome Europe
6. the invention of the hot World
7. The conflict of england in global battle II
the adventure to freedom has been hundreds of thousands of years lengthy. Now that it has came across its position on the planet, the query for these people who event its merits is just this: do we paintings to maintain the miracle of freedom that we get pleasure from this present day?
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