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Cultural Historian, Author
Jacques Barzun Dies

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:jackson, 10/26/2012 3:07:20 PM

Jacques Barzun, the pioneering cultural historian who became a best-selling author in his 90s with "From Dawn to Decadence," has died. He was 104. Mr. Barzun's son-in-law says Mr. Barzun passed away Thursday evening in San Antonio, where he'd lived in recent years. Mr. Barzun wrote dozens of books and essays on everything from philosophy and music to detective novels. The French immigrant also wrote a memorable essay on baseball, in which he advised that, "whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball."
Source corrected by staff.

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When you wonder why Columbia is considered a great university, think of this man. He and many like him devoted their lives to teaching truth. How many know that Ike was President of Columbia when he returned from Europe? It is a pathetic affirmative-action driven shadow of it's former greatness today. RIP

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JAN, 10/26/2012 3:26:58 PM     (No. 8964808)

Well that splains why O doesn't know the heart of America.

He only knows basketball.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: J-Dog, 10/26/2012 3:48:52 PM     (No. 8964880)

"From Dawn to Decadence" is one of my very favorites.
One of the greatest minds I have had the pleasure of knowing through books. May he rest in peace!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Susannah, 10/26/2012 4:36:06 PM     (No. 8964997)

"From Dawn to Decadence" is a great book. Barzun had a staggering intellect and many talents. His contributions were as long and rich as his life.

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