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Asimov's Chronology of the World: The History of the World From the Big Bang to Modern Times Hardcover – November 6, 1991
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From Library Journal
An author who has written 465 books unquestionably knows the craft well, and here Asimov tackles nothing less than a history of the Earth from the creation of the universe to 1945. The format is similar to Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery ( LJ 10/1/89): blocks of time are isolated and their events chronicled, first with theories in prehistory and then through historical records. One finishes the book feeling that history has been more the march of armies than of enlightenment. Asimov's style is crisp, concise, and devoid of jargon, and he is not above interjecting an occasional ironic or strongly felt opinion when a human foible invites one. Some, perhaps most, concepts and events are treated in an overly simplified manner, but that is unavoidable in a book that attempts to cover 15 billion years of history. Events are conveyed in broad terms, and proportionately few dates are included to interrupt the narrative, making this book as useful in a circulating collection as in reference. Its use as a ready reference tool, either to answer basic questions or as a starting point for more detailed research, will depend largely on the thoroughness of the index, unavailable for review. Those wishing for a more concise historical chronology might purchase Bernard Grun's Timetables of History (S. & S., 1982. rev. ed.); though an older title, it covers a more manageable period, from 5000 B.C. to 1978. For public, school, and university libraries.
- James Moffet, Baldwin P.L., Birmingham, Mich.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.
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Top customer reviews
Being very interested in certain periods of early fourteenth century France, I went to read the pages on that period and found it was full of small errors, factual mistakes as well as long discredited opinions. But still, Asimov did correctly convey the gist of what the period was like in France, so I feel I can trust he did the same for the rest of the world's history between the Big Bang and the end of World War II.
So this project is not a failure. By all means, get it, read it, enjoy it. But do not refer to it as an authority. If something interests you, then move on to Wikipedia articles on the topic, and then to properly researched books.
In the end, I can forgive him his mistakes: in 1992 when he finished his Chronology, Asimov was dying (of complications from AIDS gotten through a blood transfusion) and he was not at the top of his form.
Vincent Poirier, Quebec City
Long known as a science fiction and fact great, Asimov was an even greater historian.
The author of some 470 books wrote my three favorite history books - and each one taught me more in each chapter than did each year of history in public school!
You're going to find more in this book that will force you to read it in the bath tub, the bed, and, well, you get the point!
Buy this book and learn about the world you live in - Bill Anderson
You can read it in small segments by the nightstand, or you can read it cover to cover chapter by chapter and still benefit from it. As a desk reference it is invaluable.
The thing this book did for me that no other history work really achieved was that it gave me a clear understanding of how all of history connects on a timeline and how the whole picture of world history fits together with a perspective that is impossible for me to convey in this review. This is near the top of in my top 20 favorite books.
As far as I'm concerned Asimovs work as a historian rivals his enormous achievents in science fiction, literature and science. I have read this book at least 10 times now and will reread it many more times before I'm history/.