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The Story of Mankind Paperback – March 26, 2009
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This genuinely enjoyable charmer, for history buffs and the historically challenged alike, covers human history from prehistoric times, when our earliest ancestors were learning to communicate with grunts, right through to the issues of the latter 20th century: gay rights, Arab-Israeli conflicts, and health and fitness. Revised and updated several times since 1921, van Loon's inviting classic is filled with stories (and witty parenthetical asides) that bring history alive. His pen-and-ink illustrations, maps, and animated chronology contribute to the cozy, round the fireplace aspect of the book. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"The dullness of history textbooks is legendary. I am involved right now in a study of history textbooks, and I must say that I have trouble reading them because of their jumbled, jangly quality. I also have trouble lifting them because they are so heavy and overstuffed with trivia and pedagogical aids. With one or maybe two exceptions, most textbooks put more emphasis on visual glitz than on the quality of their text. By the time that these books emerge from the political process that is called state adoption, they lack voice and narrative power. They lack the very qualities that make historical writing exciting. Our history textbooks are distracting, and I don't know how students learn anything from them."
Van Loon's book won the first Newberry Prize, quite an achievement for a book on world history. "The Story of Mankind" remains a great read for any child thirteen and up (and up).
wrote the book, but their writing doesn't have the insight that made van Loon's writings what they are.
Van Loon traces the history of mankind from the beginning, starting with a brief geologic description of planet earth.
His writing makes it seem as if you are reading a docu-drama, and you'll keep wishing that he could spend more
time on each topic.
I especially enjoyed the sections on the middle ages and renaissance, and this book serves as a good
introduction to history for children with writing that brings history to life.
At times, given when this book was originally written, you may be struck by van Loon's eurocentric flavor, but
overall, he does a remarkable job in providing a well balanced presentation of all major world events. He does a great job of
looking at major world religions.
This is not an exhaustive epic of the history of humanity, rather
it is an excellent introduction to history. Sadly, not many histories
can claim to be as entertaining as this volume. Perhaps if more were, history
would not be viewed with dread.
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As other reviews have pointed, the illustrations are not printed. A lot of them are inline illustrations, without which it is pain to guess out the meanings, in many cases it is... Read morePublished 18 days ago by B.L.
Looks like a home made edition. None of the original artwork. I could have printed it out myself.Published 1 month ago by marco perez
This book is a total disappointment. Although the subject matter is undoubtedly worthwhile (it is, after all Henrik van Loon), the typeface is so minuscule that I would need a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mollie
Buyers Be Aware, this book (new version) does NOT have illustrations, table of contents, or even page numbers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AmazonCustomer
There is in my possession an old, tatterecd edition of this book. I obtained this editiopn from Amazon in the hope that it may stimulate my 12-year-old grandson to use this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Chadda
A wonderfully readable book for children and adults, promptly and efficiently delivered.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I honestly think that it is too hard for children too read and that the author writes it in a way that makes you rather want to do math homework. Read morePublished 4 months ago by W. Jeon