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Robert Neil MacGregor, OM, FSA (born on June 16, 1946, in Glasgow, Scotland) is an art historian and museum director. He was the Editor of the Burlington Magazine from 1981 to 1987, the Director of the National Gallery, London, from 1987 to 2002, and was appointed Director of the British Museum in show more 2002. He has presented three television series on art and the radio series A History of the World in 100 Objects, which aired in 2010. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Neil MacGregor

Britain's Paintings (2003) 21 copies
Making Masterpieces (1997) 14 copies
The Greek Myths: Origins of the gods (2008) — Foreword — 9 copies

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The Rosetta Stone (1999) — Preface, some editions — 207 copies
The Image of Christ (2000) — Introduction — 164 copies
A New World: England's First View of America (2007) — Director's Foreword — 103 copies
Masterpieces of the British Museum (2009) — Foreword — 96 copies
Holbein's Ambassadors (Making & Meaning) (1997) — Foreword — 66 copies
Edvard Munch: The Frieze of Life (1974) — Foreword — 63 copies
Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam (2012) — Foreword — 41 copies
Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia (2013) — Foreword — 26 copies
Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830 (2005) — Preface — 20 copies

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A wonderful, comprehensive, accessible book. 'Germany' is a relatively modern nation. Parts of the whole have found themselves in the Holy Roman Empire, the Hapsburg Empire, Saxony, Prussia...and so on. So its history is particularly rich and diverse. MacGregor examines these roots, looking at politics, monarchies, religious movements, language, writing, industry, the arts; as well as the battering, bruising history of the twentieth century. It's an illuminating, thought provoking read: a book to keep and return to.… (more)
 
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Margaret09 | 20 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
A great nightstand book. Can't sleep, there are many short chapters but be careful this book can become addictive.
 
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Huba.Library | 41 other reviews | Jan 31, 2024 |
Strangely, I liked his previous book (World in 100 artifacts or something) far more.
 
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Den85 | 20 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
https://fromtheheartofeurope.eu/living-with-the-gods-by-neil-macgregor/

A lovely book, based on a BBC Radio series of the same name, lavishly illustrated (as the radio cannot be) with photographs of art and architecture, and enriched by quotes from commentators who know what they are talking about. Some people like to simply dismiss religion as at best a distraction and at worst a force for conflict and division; MacGregor doesn’t shy away from that side of things, but he goes deep into what religious people are actually doing – symbolism, practice, history, politics. He draws some very interesting parallels between religions separated by continents and centuries.

I found it a very healthy perspective on what is and isn’t unique to each of the main strands of world belief. It’s also a surprisingly light read, despite its length and weight, perhaps because of its origin as radio scripts. Recommended.
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