How the Irish Saved Civilization -$4.99

irish_civilizationThomas Cahill’s classic How the Irish Saved Civilization, normally $11.99, is on sale today for $4.99. A best seller when it was originally released, it is a fascinating look at the important role the Irish played in maintaining Western culture during the dark ages.

The perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history — the untold story of Ireland’s role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe.

Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history of civilization. Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland, he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become “the isle of saints and scholars” — and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbarians.

In this entertaining and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Without Ireland, the transition could not have taken place. Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization — copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost — they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task.

As Cahill delightfully illustrates, so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval culture has its roots in Ireland. When the seeds of culture were replanted on the European continent, it was from Ireland that they were germinated.

In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant MirrorHow The Irish Saved Civilization reconstructs an era that few know about but which is central to understanding our past and our cultural heritage. But it conveys its knowledge with a winking wit that aptly captures the sensibility of the unsung Irish who relaunched civilization.

BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Thomas Cahill’s Heretics and Heroes.

This is the first volume in what later became the Hinges of History series which you can find here on Amazon.


What’s a Bargain Book?

When it comes to ebooks, what constitutes a bargain? If you have looked at the prices of ebooks lately, you’ll see that it is not unusual for new releases to cost anywhere from $11.99 to $15.99 per title. YIKES! That’s a lot!

Even if you read genre fiction like mysteries, fantasy and romance, it is still typical for these ebooks to cost from $7.99 to $9.99. If you are an avid reader like I am, that adds up quickly. I joke that I have a $8 to $10 a day book habit, LOL!

Luckily for readers, most retailers offer daily, weekly and monthly sales on ebooks. It is not unusual to see titles from major publishers on sale for as little as $1.99 or $2.99. Sale prices of $3.99 to $4.99 on bestsellers are not uncommon.

If you like indie authors, your chances of finding bargain books are really good. Whether it is a new author starting out self publishing or a seasoned author who has gained control of their backlist titles, indie book offer some great reads at bargain pricing.

Subscription services such as Kindle Unlimited and Scribd can also offer significant savings on your favorite reads, with both of these services costing $10 or less a month. Both services also offer options for audiobooks as well as ebooks.

And best of all, there are quite a few sources of legal, free books available from a variety of sources.

On this blog, we will talk about all of those sources and more.

Everyday, I look for book bargains. This is where I will share my finds and tips and tricks for acquiring bargain books.

If you love to read and also love a bargain, stay tuned!