"As learned as it is lively, Carlos Eire'sA Very Brief History of Eternitytraces the elusive history of a very big idea. Eire teaches us to understand our ways of thinking about the future--as well as the present and our past--with new clarity and insight."--Anthony Grafton, Princeton University"A Very Brief History of Eternityis vintage Eire: erudite and witty, profound and written with a light touch. Eire compellingly narrates the ways in which complex beliefs about eternity are intertwined with the way life is lived in time. It is an invitation to reflect on how eternity, even when it is absent from view, can make, as he puts it, 'a hell of a difference.'"--Miroslav Volf, Yale University Divinity School"Carlos Eire doesn't disappoint. The breadth of detail, the depth of imagination, the ability to synthesize and to identify the telling example--and all for such an impossibly expansive topic as eternity--are astonishing. We get glimpses throughout of the creativity that graced his memoir of Cuba, and evidence everywhere of his massive learning."--Craig Harline, author ofSunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl"Carlos Eire'sA Very Brief History of Eternityis precisely what you would expect from a formidable historian who is also an acclaimed memoirist. Strikingly erudite and profound yet accessible, this book will appeal to anyone who takes pleasure in being enlightened and entertained at the same time."--Peter Iver Kaufman, University of RichmondEire, Carlos M. N. is the author of 'A Very Brief History of Eternity', published 2009 under ISBN 9780691133577 and ISBN 0691133573.