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The World We Live In Hardcover – 1955


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Time Inc.; SPECIAL EDITION FOR YOUNG READERS edition (1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1135160740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1135160746
  • ASIN: B0006D7N9W
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SO glad I replaced it.
JP Fish
The illustrations are certainly nice, but the writing style is absolutely the best part of this book--poetic, beautiful and epic.
toasterlyreasons
This book was published in 1955, and it was the first book I ever owned.
cosmology

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Morsman on April 15, 2010
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They truly don't make laymen's science books like this anymore. The art in this book is amazing, and the large size of this book allows the reader to really look closely at the pictures. I especially love the section on historical geology. The fold-out sections of that chapter blow me away every time.

Not only is the art in this chapter a pleasure to look at, it is a wonderful supplement to the well-written text that accompanies the pictures. The text provides accurate information as far as I can tell, though some parts may be a bit dated since the book is already half a century old.

I love this book and I just can't believe that I found it in a dumpster!I had to buy another on Amazon just because!

As a science student educated in both biology and engineering, I find that this book inspires me to continue to pursue greater knowledge about the world because its presentation instills a sense of wonder in the reader, even one as myself who already knows all of the information contained in the book.
Get one of these while you can. It's a wonderful book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patricia J. Vaughn on February 3, 2009
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I had this book when I was a child and it got lost over the years, I often
thought about trying to find a copy but until Amazon I had no idea where to look. It's a great book for kids interested in our world and how it formed and the dinasaurs, underwater life etc. The artwork is beautiful, and even though it was written in the 50's most of the info is still accurate, even when they discuss the shrinking polar caps and why(so much
for global warming) It's written for older kids or even adults. So happy I
found it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter on August 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My Parents bought this book when I was a kid, I really enjoyed the pictures. A few years ago, I actually read this book and found that the words were very much as wonderful and beautiful as the pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cosmology on September 29, 2012
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This book was published in 1955, and it was the first book I ever owned. I remember spending hours looking through the pages and wondering what they all meant (I hadn't learn to read yet) Owning a new copy of the book now is a sentimental rush.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By toasterlyreasons on June 20, 2013
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The illustrations are certainly nice, but the writing style is absolutely the best part of this book--poetic, beautiful and epic. From my experience, nonfiction or science books are not often "fun" to read--they tend to be written by authors who are well-versed in their subject but, sadly, are not very good writers. Not so with 'The World We Live In." In many places the prose is so lively and spirited that you can almost sense the author(s) smiling out through the sentences. (It says this was written by 'the editorial staff of LIFE magazine, I wonder why individual authors are not credited?). Here's a sample:

" THE SEAS GROW CROWDED: From the dawn of the Cambrian period, through the Ordovician, to the end of the Silurian 175 million year later, the quickening life of the planet remained in the warm primeval oceans. The dry lands stretched stark and desolate from sea to sea, their drab rocks naked save for a few green films of algae along the shores. It was a time of high waters and genial climate. Over great areas of all the continents the waters encroached, creating many shallow inland seas. And as age flowed into age, the forms of life multiplied, bringing new populations to the sunlit bottom sands." (p94)"

It may feel a little too 'lush' after a while, so I tend to read it in small doses, like poetry. I also read it 'out loud' in my head, reciting it silently to myself, instead of 'skimming over'. Sometimes I imagine the words being spoken by a good voice-over narrator like Morgan Freeman. Highly recommended!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
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I wish this book would be re-published. I checked it out of the library a few weeks ago, and it gave me a clear, concise, and easy-reading summary of world history. I now want to keep it as a home reference for the family. Highly recommended!
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