The Story of Mankind - The Original Classic Edition

The Story of Mankind - The Original Classic Edition


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Finally available, a high quality book of the original classic edition of The Story of Mankind. This is a new and freshly published edition of this culturally important work by Hendrik Van Loon Ph.D., which is now, at last, again available to you. Enjoy this classic work today. These selected paragraphs distill the contents and give you a quick look inside The Story of Mankind: That they might move faster through the soft soil, they improved upon their legs and their size increased until the world was populated with gigantic forms (which the hand-books of biology list under the names of Ichthyosaurus and Megalosaurus and Brontosaurus) who grew to be thirty to forty feet long and who could have played with elephants as a full grown cat plays with her kittens....When night descended upon the earth, he hid his wife and his children in a hollow tree or behind some heavy boulders, for he was surrounded on all sides by ferocious animals and when it was dark these animals began to prowl about, looking for something to eat for their mates and their own young, and they liked the taste of human beings. ...These tell us that many thousands of years ago the world was inhabited by certain mammals who were quite different from all the other animals-who had probably developed from another unknown ape-like animal which had learned to walk on its hind-legs and use its fore-paws as hands-and who were most probably connected with the creatures who happen to be our own immediate ancestors....As the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics (the word means sacred writing) have played such a very great role in history, (a few of them in modified form have even found their way into our own alphabet, ) you ought to know something about the ingenious system which was used fifty centuries ago to preserve the spoken word for the benefit of the coming generations....During twenty years, over a hundred thousand men were busy carrying the necessary stones from the other side of the river-ferrying them across the Nile (how they ever managed to do this, we do not understand), dragging them in many instances a long distance across the desert and finally hoisting them into their correct position.

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 187.96 x 243.84 x 12.7mm | 353.8g
  • Tebbo
  • SamfordAustralia
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1486153887
  • 9781486153886
  • 604,608

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