Great ideas have shaped the course of history, often dramatically altering the landscape as people live in light of their beliefs. It is important for everyone to grapple with the most thoughtful writers on the most important issues, even the busiest among us. After all, what we believe affects what we do. Which ideas should direct our lives? How do we know whether we are being directed by the truth or by lies? These Readings offer a glance at important historical moments and ideas that shaped history. They are easy to digest on a first reading while providing a lifetime of insight.