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Author talk with Ian Morris: Why the West Rules - For Now

Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules—For Now. 

Taking the whole of human civilization as his canvas, Ian Morris tackles one of the most-debated questions in history: Why has the West come to dominate the globe? Why did England sail warships to China in the 19th century instead of the other way around? Why do great nations rise, and why do they fall? Will the 21st century see the rise of the East?

Morris, the Willard Professor of Classics and History at Stanford University, lays out the answers in his brilliant and engagingly written new book Why the West Rules'For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future.

The book is already earning scores of praise. Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs and Steel) describes it as "three books wrapped into one: an exciting novel that happens to be true; an entertaining but thorough historical account of everything important that happened to any important people in the last ten millennia; and an educated guess about what will happen in the future."

A book sale and signing will follow. Admission is free.


Event Details

Wed 8 Dec 2010
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Rice University, Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library, 3rd Floor Houston

Free and open to the public. Online registration requested (click on the tickets button below).