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Quick And Dirty
on October 7, 2008
This book deserves 3 stars because it does manage to provide historical information spanning from thousands of years ago to the modern century, however, there were certainly a few things left to be desired. There aren't many maps, illustrations or visual aids within the pages. A few pictures of the country/nation/city in question would help with the learning experience. There are no more than 8 minuscule maps sprinkled throughout the book.
Another problem was the focus on certain events, people and the like. Some historical figures and events (Joan of Arc, Christopher Columbus, the Vietnam War) only received a paragraph or two worth of attention while others weren't even mentioned at all (Cleopatra, the sinking of the Titanic, Martin Luther King, Jr.). I understand that this isn't a vast tome containing every single event known to man, but the author at times would go into detail about generation after generation of dynasties in Asia or kingdoms in Europe that in the long run, probably didn't lend much to World History. A better balance would've been appreciated.
One thing I liked about the book were the "What In The World?" sidebars. They were little historical fun facts that were informative and entertaining.
If you're just starting to study World History or you need a general guide to the subject, this is a decent book BUT if you're looking for something that will provide great detail, you will have to look elsewhere.