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Cartoon History of the Universe Volumes 1-7 Paperback – September 10, 1997
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Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Now that the book is in its proper place, I should add that I enjoyed it immensely and went on to buy Volumes 2 and 3. (not on my office account though)The book starts with evolution of the earth and its creatures. The pictures were well done and the humor makes the factual material easier to remember.
The bulk of the book deals with the history of the human race. The author does not confine himself to European civilization. Two of my children read all three volumes, and I did not have to hassle them to do it. How often does this happen with other history texts? I am hoping to use their interest in some of the historical topics to encourage them to read other books. Each section of the Cartoon History contains a reference section for those who desire further reading.
Ideally this book should be a companion to serious textbooks on history. However, there are a lot of people who are unwilling and unable to absorb material from textbooks or lectures. People who are visual learners may be able to remember the pictures and the humor when they have trouble remembering college lecutres or long passages of text. I have recommended this and some other of the author's books to individuals who were having trouble with basic college classes.
There's something about the word "cartoon" that adds appeal to any subject. "The History of the Universe!" by itself may make knees tremble, but "The CARTOON History of the Universe!" now my hands are a-grabbin' at the bookshelf. And grab we should; we should grope, fondle, and possess this great volume that will likely turn any historaphobe into a walking timeline.
History? Entertaining? NEVER! Yes, awake from your dogmatic slumbers, the dream can be realized. This book is funny, genuinely funny. And it's not a parody along the lines of "1066 and All That" - it's real history presented in an amazingly underrated educational genre.
The first book is chopped up into seven volumes which can be read more or less like serial comic books. Dramatic teasers provide segueways between the volumes, and keep the story flowing. Like it's subtitle says: "From the Big Bang to Alexander the Great", and since subtitles never lie, that's what you get.
THE BIG BANG starts off this book, and the book follows an evolutionary line - at one point outright stating "Darwin was right" (pg. 52). So, be warned all of you whose cars are adorned with fishes labeled "Truth" eating smaller fishes labeled "Darwin" - this tome may not be for you.
There is a long discussion about the evolution of sex, some "naughty" cartoons - which are usually hilarious - which leads into the evolution of species from the cambrian to the quaternary period.Read more ›
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This is the PERFECT gift for the person who has everything. Anyone would enjoy reading this wonderful book - so well written and illustrated.Published 1 month ago by lee c paiva
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in such a delightful way, as the great philosopher Mary Poppins once said. Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by bossa nova
I had a good amount of expectation when I ordered this series for my avid 9 yo reader, and reading the first couple of chapters lived up to it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by AnotherShopper
Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe (three volumes) is great stuff. He does an incredible job of distilling down history into easily readable chapters, not omitting... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ed S.
Very good product, exactly as expected and I am very happy with it.Published 6 months ago by Jeffrey Manwell
Another stellar volume by Larry Gonick. If your kid absorbs this, she will know more than 99% of well read adults in this country.Published 8 months ago by Santa Barbara Yann