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National Geographic Concise History of the World: An Illustrated Time Line Hardcover – October 24, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792283643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792283645
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neil Kagan, formerly publisher of Time-Life Books, now heads Kagan & Associates, creators of innovative illustrated books. Over his 30-year career he has developed such award-winning book series as Voices of the Civil War, What Life Was Like, Our American Century, and the Time-Life Student Library.

Jerry H. Bentley, head of The Concise History's advisory board is Professor of History at the University of Hawaii, editor of the Journal of World History, and an expert in the history of cross-cultural interactions.

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A very interesting book.
D. A. Edel
You would be better off just having a simple timeline downloaded from the internet because this book is not much more.
G Johntz
UNBELIEVABLE, MUST READ you must judge for yourself, but I highly recommend it.
Fidel Montalvan

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Both public libraries and high school to college-level collections will find much to appreciate in National Geographic Concise History of the World: An Illustrated Time Line. Its organization is geared to show historical connections between continents, cultures and nations over the centuries, and allows readers to draw important connections between events around the world. There are other books of timeline history on the market today; but National Geographic uses a stunning combination of art, timeline charts and written history to great effect, here.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Miles Scribe on April 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent source for obtaining a quick, clear, and coherent context for an event or a period. For example, if you want to know what the rest of the world was doing when the Conquistadors sailed onto the shores of South America, this book is the best first step in your research. The entries are concise and the layout is attractive.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Loomis on January 24, 2010
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I wasn't quite ready for the book's layout- it's written using timeline, column and rows with an occasional break to preface or highlight an era using paragraphs etc. This isn't historical fiction but then how could it be? There's far too much imformation for that- it is after all a history of the world! Once I got the hang of the layout I beggan to enjoy it reading it bit by bit. Probably best used to focus in on a particular time or culture- when backgound info is needed. This NG book will add to anyone's library- pick it up.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joyce L. Peach on February 13, 2007
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Very explicit and easy to follow. Great for referencing your travels and world history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Carey on June 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It delivers, for the most part, on what it promises -- a concise, timeline-oriented "history of the world." I'm biased a bit against most run-of-the-mill History books such as this from Nat Geo. So, read my review with this in mind.

Most historians these days are still reacting against a perceived Western bias in histories up until (relatively) recent times. This book from Nat Geo falls into the same category.

The only essay, or mini essay, I saw about Greek culture was a sidebar about Democracy -- that it's not really a Greek invention, but an older idea from hunter-gatherer times that the Greeks simply reintroduced. Don't forget, the sidebar tells us, that women, slaves, etc. had no votes -- prodding the reader to give even less credit to the Athenians. There should have been much more about the critical contributions of the Greeks to the world -- astronomy, medicine, music, philosophy, literature, etc.

Ancient Rome did get a full essay page, but it was only about Pompeii, which while certainly an interesting topic, is best served by being on the timeline or at best a sidebar. That's like a future book of World History with the only essay about America being about Albuquerque, NM.

We did, however, get a full essay in the book about the scientific contributions of Islam, complete with a stirring description of "the word of Allah" as being a text with beauty that no Western translation could possibly match.

We also find a full essay on the great extent of Mayan civilization and writing, finishing with a bit explaining that the insanely large amounts of human sacrifice done by Mayans was simply because their gods created the human race with their own blood.

I wonder if their wives, slaves and landless masses got to vote?

I have a gripe with modern historians in general and I've taken it out on this book. They've done an admirable job here. They chose their focal points, the essays, horribly.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John L. Layman on November 5, 2010
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FINDING THE RIGHT TEXTBOOKS FOR A FRESHMAN COURSE IN CIVILIZATION THAT I HAVE TAUGHT FOR 27 YEARS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM. MAJOR TEXTBOOKS ARE ENCYCLOPEDIC AND OFTEN DULL, AND IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO MOTIVATE MY [175 OR SO] STUDENTS TO ACTUALLY READ THE TEXT. TO MAKE IT WORSE, PUBLISHERS CHANGE EDITIONS EVERY TWO YEARS MAKING BACK COPIES OBSOLETE. I SWITCHED TO A LIMITED BUT INTERESTING ANALYTIC TEXT, [CIVILIZATION: A NEW HISTORY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, BY ROGER OSBORNE]AND ADDED "A CONCISE HISTORY..." ALONG WITH A FLEXIBLE "BROWSING" SYSTEM THAT SENT STUDENTS HERE AND THERE REVIEWING BOTH CURIOUS TRIVIA [1800:WM. YOUNG DESIGNS SHOES SPECIFICALLY FOR THE RIGHT AND LEFT FEET] AND MAJOR EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, FROM PRE-HISTORY TO THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD. ALSO, AS A PROF AT A CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY I FOUND "A CONCISE HISTORY..." BOTH FAIR AND REASONABLY INCLUSIVE [e.g., ABRAHAM, ca 2100; AN EXTENDED SURVEY OF UR, MOSES AND THE 10 COMMANDMENTS,1300 BCE; ELIJAH AND ELISHA, c.a. 860] TO BIBLICAL HISTORY.
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By Tina on June 17, 2014
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Absolutely love this book. I originally checked it out of the local library and decided I needed a copy of my own. I love the way the book is presented with timelines and historical snippets. Very well done.
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By Vickie Kurr on February 22, 2014
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My husband love history , Nice book as a refresher but missed the 4 star mark. The kids loved it and are still reading it . We talk nightly about each section they read and fill in any misses or clarity to any of there question
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