Jacques Martin Barzun (1907–) is a French-born American historian of ideas and culture. He attended Columbia University and later taught there.
For years, he and literary critic Lionel Trilling, ran Columbia's famous Great Books course.
Jacques Barzun has continued to write on education and cultural history since retiring from Columbia.
At 84 years of age, he began writing his 800-page From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present.
Ludwig von Mises: "In Nature too, much may exist that we do not like. But we cannot change the essential character of natural events. If, for example, someone thinks — and there are some who have maintained as much — that the way in which man ingests his food, digests it, and incorporates it into his body is disgusting, one cannot argue the point with him. One must say to him: There is only this way or starvation." - Liberalism