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    DescriptionHas there ever been a history of the world as readable as this?In The Human Story, James C. Davis takes us on a journey to ancient times, telling how peoples of the world settled down and founded cities, conquered neighbors, and established religions, and continues over the course of history, when they fought two nearly global wars and journeyed into space.Davis's account is swift and clear, never dull or dry. He lightens it with pungent anecdotes and witty quotes. Although this compact volume may not be hard to pick up, it's definitely hard to put down.For example, on the death of Alexander the Great, who in a decade had never lost a single battle, and who had staked out an empire that spanned the entire Near East and Egypt, Davis writes: "When they heard how ill he was, the king's devoted troops insisted on seeing him. He couldn't speak, but as his soldiers -- every one -- filed by in silence, Alexander's eyes uttered his farewells. He died in June 323 B.C., at the ripe old age of thirty-two."In similar fashion Davis recounts Russia's triumph in the space race as it happened on an autumn night in 1957: "A bugle sounded, flames erupted, and with a roar like rolling thunder, Russia's rocket lifted off. It bore aloft the earth's first artificial satellite, a shiny sphere the size of a basketball. Its name was Sputnik, meaning 'companion' or 'fellow traveler' (through space). The watchers shouted, 'Off. She's off. Our baby's off!' Some danced; others kissed and waved their arms."Though we live in an age of many doubts, James C. Davis thinks we humans are advancing. As The Human Story ends, he concludes, "The world's still cruel; that's understood, / But once was worse. So far so good."


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    Title
    The Human Story
    Subtitle
    Our History, from the Stone Age to Today
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James C. Davis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780060516208
    ISBN 10: 0060516208
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    BIC E4L: GEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC22: 909
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BIC subject category V2: H
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000, HIS030000
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    B&T Approval Code: A14200000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 900
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC classification: D23 .D38 2005
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins
    Publication date
    21 October 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "A brisk and cheerfully traditional trip through our history, from homo erectus to George W. Bush"--Kirkus Reviews