A Little History of the World

A Little History of the World

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E. H. Gombrich's bestselling history of the world for young readers tells the story of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing not on small detail but on the sweep of human experience, the extent of human achievement, and the depth of its frailty. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 142.24 x 218.44 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven, United States
  • English
  • Reprint, Translation
  • 40 b-w illus.
  • 0300108834
  • 9780300108835
  • 51,124

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"Imagine the full story of human habitation on our planet being told in such flowing prose that you want to read it out loud. If you can't imagine that, read A Little History of the World and experience it!"-Patricia S. Schroeder, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers and Former U.S. Representative from Colorado -- Patricia S. Schroeder 7. "The true fairy tale of the evolution of mankind."-Die Zeit Die Zeit "This 'little history' has aged amazingly well." New York Times Book Review "Witty, clear-eyed and humane, tells the sweeping story of humankind in 40 short and fascinating chapters ..."- Susie Wilde, The News & Observer -- Susie Wilde The News & Observer "Gombrich accomplishes what many university-level Western Civilization classes cannot-a riveting account of events that shaped the world from the Stone Age to the 1930s, illustrating the relevance of history to current events. Teachers and schools should add this to their reading lists."-Claire Martin, The Denver Post -- Claire Martin The Denver Post "A beautifully concise volume [that] will remind readers of any age that the past 5,000 years have been one big slugfest between darkness and enlightenment, unreason and reason."-Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times -- Mary Ann Gwinn Seattle Times "Magical, transporting... A children's history that adults will want to sneak off with and read on the sly." -VeryShortList.com VeryShortList.com "If love of learning is a guide of your life, here is a readable and interesting story of humankind's past that will enlighten and sometimes surprise you and hold your interest to the end."-Melvyn Schreiber, M.D., Galveston Daily News -- Melvyn Schreiber, M.D. Galveston Daily News
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About Ernst H. Gombrich

Among E. H. GOMBRICH's many writings are the international bestsellers The Story of Art and Art and Illusion. He was director of the Warburg Institute of the University of London from 1959 to 1976.
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