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A Pillar of Iron

A Pillar of Iron The spirit of ancient Rome in its last days of glory The hero of the story the man called a pillar of iron is Marcus Tullius Cicero the lawyer statesman who tried vainly to save the republic he love

  • Title: A Pillar of Iron
  • Author: Taylor Caldwell
  • ISBN: 9780449204283
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
  • The spirit of ancient Rome in its last days of glory The hero of the story, the man called a pillar of iron is Marcus Tullius Cicero, the lawyer statesman who tried vainly to save the republic he loved from the forces of tyranny Unfolding here are the private dramas behind the great Roman hero s triumphs and defeats and the intimate, deeply moving story of his desperThe spirit of ancient Rome in its last days of glory The hero of the story, the man called a pillar of iron is Marcus Tullius Cicero, the lawyer statesman who tried vainly to save the republic he loved from the forces of tyranny Unfolding here are the private dramas behind the great Roman hero s triumphs and defeats and the intimate, deeply moving story of his desperate love affair with the beautiful Livia.

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    1. Taylor Caldwell

      Also known by the pen names Marcus Holland and Max Reiner Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England In 1907 she emigrated to the United States with her parents and younger brother Her father died shortly after the move, and the family struggled At the age of eight she started to write stories, and in fact wrote her first novel, The Romance of Atlantis, at the age of twelve although it remained unpublished until 1975 Her father did not approve such activity for women, and sent her to work in a bindery She continued to write prolifically, however, despite ill health In 1947, according to TIME magazine, she discarded and burned the manuscripts of 140 unpublished novels In 1918 1919, she served in the United States Navy Reserve In 1919 she married William F Combs In 1920, they had a daughter, Mary known as Peggy From 1923 to 1924 she was a court reporter in New York State Department of Labor in Buffalo, New York In 1924, she went to work for the United States Department of Justice, as a member of the Board of Special Inquiry an immigration tribunal in Buffalo In 1931 she graduated from SUNY Buffalo, and also was divorced from William Combs.Caldwell then married her second husband, Marcus Reback, a fellow Justice employee She had a second child with Reback, a daughter Judith, in 1932 They were married for 40 years, until his death in 1971.In 1934, she began to work on the novel Dynasty of Death, which she and Reback completed in collaboration It was published in 1938 and became a best seller Taylor Caldwell was presumed to be a man, and there was some public stir when the author was revealed to be a woman Over the next 43 years, she published 42 novels, many of them best sellers For instance, This Side of Innocence was the biggest fiction seller of 1946 Her works sold an estimated 30 million copies She became wealthy, traveling to Europe and elsewhere, though she still lived near Buffalo.Her books were big sellers right up to the end of her career During her career as a writer, she received several awards.She was an outspoken conservative and for a time wrote for the John Birch Society s monthly journal American Opinion and even associated with the anti Semitic Liberty Lobby Her memoir, On Growing Up Tough, appeared in 1971, consisting of many edited down articles from American Opinion.Around 1970, she became interested in reincarnation She had become friends with well known occultist author Jess Stearn, who suggested that the vivid detail in her many historical novels was actually subconscious recollection of previous lives Supposedly, she agreed to be hypnotized and undergo past life regression to disprove reincarnation According to Stearn s book, The Search of a Soul Taylor Caldwell s Psychic Lives, Caldwell instead began to recall her own past lives eleven in all, including one on the lost continent of Lemuria.In 1972, she married William Everett Stancell, a retired real estate developer, but divorced him in 1973 In 1978, she married William Robert Prestie, an eccentric Canadian 17 years her junior This led to difficulties with her children She had a long dispute with her daughter Judith over the estate of Judith s father Marcus in 1979 Judith committed suicide.Also in 1979, Caldwell suffered a stroke, which left her unable to speak, though she could still write She had been deaf since about 1965 Her daughter Peggy accused Prestie of abusing and exploiting Caldwell, and there was a legal battle over her substantial assets.She died of heart failure in Greenwich, Conn

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    1. This book is about the story of Marcus Tullius Cicero the famous Roman lawyer, philosopher and statesman Several historical characters are described the extent to which Cicero s life is described by the author Jullius Caesar his childhood friend to whom Cicero always cheered despite some wrong political attitudes according to his point of view Catilina his eternal enemy Noe ben Joel a Jewish, a dearest friend and an intellectual who tried to convert Cicero to believe in the coming Messiah.Even i [...]


    2. I don t really like historical novels, because so many false things are added with the truth to make the story interesting and fill in the gaps It becomes a chore to filter out what is real and fake.While reading this book, I have been reading others on Cicero and many websites, and believe this book was pretty accurate with plenty of fill in the gap information that was made up.Caldwell did a great job of explaining the principles Cicero fought for like a republic and not a democracy or dictato [...]


    3. Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms AristotleMarcus Tullius Cicero 106 43 B.C is probably the most important man in history most of us never heard of That he was one of Rome s greatest orators and writers is secondary to his impact on modern western political thought The influence of Cicero upon the history of European literature and ideas greatly exceeds that of any other prose writer in any language, wrote classicist Michael Grant Cicero s thoughts und [...]


    4. This is one of the greatest books I ve read.I was planning to rate it with 4 stars but at the end I was touched and decided to give it five stars.The story is about Marcus Tullius Cicero, a roman orator and politic.The pace is somewhat slow and repetitive I can t recall a single chapter that didn t highlight the perversion of men and the debate of ideas I s the man evil by nature or does he pursuits being virtuous Even though it is a great read, Caldwell does an excellent job at showing us Rome [...]


    5. A Pillar of Iron is a historical novel about Marcus Tullius Cicero, the great Roman orator and consul during the tumultuous last few decades of the Roman Republic Let me open this review by noting that this novel, like all of Taylor Caldwell s historical novels, is not slavish to the facts Caldwell takes lots of liberties in her telling of the tale, which is fine since this is a historical novel and not a biography Caldwell does not deal with the complexities of Cicero, including his own hypocri [...]


    6. A memorable fictional account of Rome s Cicero and the fall of the Roman Republic Familiar historical figures like Julius Caesar frequent these pages as Caldwell masterly tells the story of the great Cicero as she relates the political machinations that impacted his meaningful life Caldwell s intense research into the primary sources are evident on most every page and her skill as a writer makes it exciting reading I heartily recommend this novel for several reasons The most important being it i [...]


    7. I learned a lot from this book about the Roman Empire the conspiracies and power seeking individuals that led to its fall Marcus Tullius Cicero, Julius Casear, Cleopatra, and Casear Augustus Octavius are a few of the characters in this book Strong plots and storyline throughout although drags slightly towards the end A very good read overall.


    8. I know I know But it is historical fiction and may not be accurate, but it is an inspiring book The quotes that are included make it well worth reading, and the story is great even though some criticize it.


    9. This could have been a very good book Caldwell is a very good author but her insistence that Cicero was a closet christian was just to damn much He died 61 years before the birth of Christ for Pete s sake


    10. I just finished reading Taylor Caldwell s book yesterday I know this has received very good reviews, but honestly, I did not find it to be as good as people say, I love historical novels, but this one is very slow, sometimes boring.Being a classic, I expected something flowing, vibrant and with quotes from Cicero, because it s a book about Cicero s life, his relationship with Julius Caesar, Pompey, Crassus and the Roman empire s laws.It seems like the author preferred to give space and effort [...]



    11. I read this back in the 60 s when it came out I loved it then and I love it now The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because I think some of the history was wishful thinking on Caldwell s part Particularly the spiritual views he Cicero learns and later shares with his tutor But other than that I trust her version of the story And I believe you can draw strong parallels from the book to today s most powerful republic, the USA However, today we don t seem to have any statesman with enough [...]


    12. I only finished this book because each page was a new revelation in how not to write a book Turgid, redundant prose cardboard characters plodding plot Caldwell has them all Most risible is the way she interlards her wooly headed pseudo philosophizing throughout Wait, no most risible is the way she feels it necessary to cast her hero as some sort of proto Christian devoutly inquiring after the prophesies of the Jews and awaiting the coming messiah Even the history of the period is perverted, glos [...]


    13. Un muy buen libro, pero no es la clase de libros que yo leo, es por eso que no me gusto mucho.Este libro es perfecto para las personas que len para saber Le pongo 4 porque es un buen libro, el que no me haya gustado no quiere decir que sea malo simplemente no es mi estilo y por eso no le pondr 1.


    14. I absolutely loved this book I normally don t like historical novels, but this was recommended to me by a friend It was truly a work of art, well written by the author and well researched She does a great job bringing Cicero to life with all his greatness and flaws Would highly recommend this book to anyone and can t wait to read Taylor Caldwell.


    15. About Marcus Tullius Cicero and his efforts to save Rome excellent read very insightful as to its application to our own political climate.


    16. 2 5 5Es una tarea ardua el escribir la vida entera de una persona e intentar hacer de ella una novela, no lo pongo en duda, pero quiz s, entonces, lo mejor ser a escribir una biograf a La columna de hierro est a medio camino entre la biograf a novelada y la novela hist rica y es ah donde reside su principal error, porque se queda a medio camino entre una y otra pero comencemos citando a la propia Taylor Caldwell en el prefacio Los libros se asemejan a esa s ptima parte de un iceberg que sobresal [...]


    17. There are books you read as a young man or woman that change your view of life When I was about 10, I found an old battered copy of A Pillar of Iron among my parents books I knew nothing of Cicero, and little of Rome, but the book looked interesting and the winters were long in Nebraska This is the story of one of the greatest Roman statesmen, Marcus Cicero Caldwell presents a picture of a man who knows of God, though incompletely, knows the Republic is doomed, but can do little else but fight f [...]


    18. Le unas 250 p ginas de este libro Es una lectura muy lenta, llena de descripciones rimbombantes que no aportan nada a la historia ni te sumergen en aquella poca Tambi n hace gala de una filosof a liberal barata cuando habla sobre pol tica, que se puede resumir en todos son unos vagos y unos corruptos excepto la clase comerciante Aunque en verdad esto no es de extra ar, teniendo en cuenta que la autora parece ser una gran admiradora de los EE.UU y que dedica el libro al presidente norteamericano [...]


    19. Novela que retrata la vida y obra de Marco Tulio Cicer n, el m s ntegro abogado que ha existido Con estricto apego a la historia, relata con maestr a toda la vida del romano, desde el nacimiento hasta la muerte, relatando as el camino a trav s del cual se forj su personalidad.Lleno de sabidur a democr tica y jur dica, resulta aleccionador para ver que los vicios del hombre son inherentes al mismo, y no somos v ctimas del contexto en el cual vivimos s leyes no deben ser est ticas ni inmutables, s [...]


    20. Would ve given 5 stars if it weren t for the unexpected supernatural tales Haven t checked the sources and probably will not but I highly doubt Cicero could ve foreseen Caesar s assassination in such detail This made me question everything else in the book despite the author s 9 years of prior research I know it s a historical novel but a few times it felt like science fiction.This is a great book however It really made me want to learn about Cicero and Rome.


    21. Whew Am I glad to have finally finished this book Most of the last third I skimmed so keen to be done with it Cicero is a pathetic, weak character in this novel about him He is so constantly exhausted with life in general it made me tired reading about him This book can t even compare with the Rome novels of Colleen McCullough and Robert Harris I had expected much from Taylor Caldwell.


    22. Un libro que, a pesar de ser denso, es muy entretenido, ya que, adem s del propio Cicer n, narra episodios de las vidas de algunos personajes famosos Sin duda, un libro recomendado para aquellos interesados en la historia romana.



    23. I loved the time period and character depictions But this took me too long to read, it needed to have 300 pages cut.



    24. Profundo Es un libro muy profundo, interesante y ver dico Eso s de repente muy filos fico para mi, pero lo recomiendo No me fue f cil de leer pero vali la pena.


    25. Juan IExcelente libro sobre la vida de Cicer n, aunque con algunos momentos de lentitud, sin embargo se lee de manera sencilla y atrayente.


    26. I read this book many years ago but still remember the history and learning about Cicero Caldwell s book are usually long, but very well written.


    27. Hay libros que son m gicos, y La columna de hierro no es una excepci n, con una prosa exquisita Caldwell me aferr a sta novela hist rica de la antigua Roma, centrada en la vida de Marco Tulio Cicer n, un personaje polifac tico abogado, fil sofo, escritor, pol tico, fiel a su pa s y a las leyes del mismo, entre otras facetas que hacen de este hombre digno de admirar y de querer tomar una taza de caf con l Acompa as a Cicer n en todos los aspectos de su vida, desde su nacimiento hasta su muerte Co [...]


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