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World History: Patterns of Interaction
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2000
This book is really pretty darn good! It makes things pretty interesting when you are not interested in History. I use it and I am homeschooed in the 8th grade. I will also use it next year, it's a great two year program. I don't know why the other two reviewers didn't like it but I find it a lot better than previous history books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2010
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This book is incredible. My son was using this in high school and my husband - who is a social studies middle school teacher wanted one so we ordered it. It has a wealth of information and my younger children coming up will benefit from it too. A fantastic resource that every inquiring mind should own!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I used this book as a student in my world history class. I couldn't stop reading it and even skipped some of the chapters we were supposed to be reading in the course. I recommend this book to any teachers who teach history. It is very informative. The only problem is that it is VERY big and you can't fit it into a backpack well
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
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I bought it for school since they don't offer physical textbooks anymore... If you're not buying it because you are required to for school, then I wouldn't pick this textbook because it's slightly outdated and isn't very comprehensive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2013
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This is an updated version of the old text the History curriculum recommends in my area. This particular version is a significant improvement with a higher level questioning and a smaller chunking of information for students to understand.
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28 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2004
If you're reading this, you're probably either a very odd little child who wants to do some extra reading or you're a teacher or homeschooling parent.. so I'll speak to the latter two.
This book is terrible. I was shocked to find that the object of many hours of study for my IB World History class was this middle school-level book. It's filled with more pictures and phony biographical sketches than information and (heaven forbid) intelligent analysis.
Not only is it monotonous and dull, it's superficial. One thing I found is the end of the Viking terror in Europe is justified in this book by two reasons alone: the acceptance of Christianity and an increase in agricultural projects due to warmer climate. This answer is vague and misleading. Although the climate did increase, it did not lead the Vikings simply to lounge around and farm. What happened was they moved to Iceland and Greenland, where the land was suddenly more inhabitable. What is also intentially misleading here is the part about accepting a new religion. The point was that there was a distinct change in philosophy - dying for their pagan god was once considered a great honor, but without him there was little point - not a change in moral values as the wording suggests. As my book quotes, "the Vikings were awesome."

Sure, this is only a considerably minor fault for such a large book, but there are too many similar examples. This book is a poor choice. Unfortunately, most textbooks do fall behind in their purpose. I would suggest finding a better book but not sticking soley to it, as textbooks tend to have their faults. Resources such as the History channel and historical articles are effective and much more interesting. Guns Germs and Steel is also a great choice. Please use them to your advantage and save another unfortunate child the torture of reading this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
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Thanks. The book was worth buying and very acceptable. I was worried using this system at first but it was a great experience.
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on January 15, 2015
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Very good text book if used as casual reading to refresh the history.
The book has very wide coverage over 1300 pages of heft which
can be considered as lethal weapon. The editorializing is conclusions
drawn are as expected from the current vantage point, but well supported.
It is a exhaustive volume which I read to get a short refresher on the history
and also to read the current take on the world history.

It is interesting comparing this text to history text books from 70's and 80's.
My, how the perspective have changed.

It is a good book worth its few bucks at the used book asking price.
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I've often said that textbook companies have at least one editor whose job it is to make textbooks as boring and dull as possible. Luckily, this book was missed by that editor!

It actually reads like the narrative of a good story. More than just names and dates, it tells you the "hows" and "whys" and reasons behind many events. I bought it as an aid for working with high school students, and I'm glad I did. I think my students are glad, too.

I recommend this book for any tutor or teacher who really wants to help educate students.
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on December 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Please ask yourself - What is the type of building on the cover of the book? Then ask yourself - who wrote this book? After reading the other comments with 1 star, it is obvious that this book is very biased and should be kept FAR AWAY from children who are looking to receive a fair and balanced education.
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