Soulmates from the Pages of History: From Mythical to Contemporary, 75 Examples of the Power of Friendship

Soulmates from the Pages of History: From Mythical to Contemporary, 75 Examples of the Power of Friendship

Soulmates from the Pages of History: From Mythical to Contemporary, 75 Examples of the Power of Friendship

Soulmates from the Pages of History: From Mythical to Contemporary, 75 Examples of the Power of Friendship

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Fascinating and illuminating friendships between luminaries have existed over the years running from mythology, classical antiquity and the Bible to contemporary times. These friendships takes many forms, but there are some common themes in what brought and kept the pairs together; in some cases in what disrupted the friendship; in the impact each friendship had on the individuals’ lives and careers; and their collective influence on the world.

The sinews of friendship are not unbreakable. Yet, as the profiles in this book suggest, there are many touching stories that illustrate how strong the bonds of friendship can be. Few elements of life are more universal and constant than the need for friendship, and we are driven to search for friends. Many guidelines have been written, but there are no real rules. Hopefully, this book can serve to illustrate some of the powerful values that have secured memorable friendships throughout the ages.

In the following chapters, seventy-five outstanding friendships are explored, from Enkidu and Gilgamesh in Babylonian annals and David and Jonathan from the Bible to the criminal exploits of Al Capone and Johnny Torrio and the political harmony between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins.

With the stories of these friends we will find ourselves mingling with individuals of great talent: writers like Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne and Franz Kafka and Max Brod; poets such as Lord Byron and Shelley, as well as Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Philosophers take in Adam Smith and David Hume, with Auguste Renoir and Claude Manet as painters. Warriors are represented by Achilles and Patroclus and Alexander and Hephaistion. Key . . .

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