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The Story of Mankind (Paperback)

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This book will give you double-dose of history.  First, it's exactly like it says on the cover:  the story of mankind from prehistoric to modern times.  Second, it's the first ever winner of the Newbery Medal.  No dry academic tome, this account, while based in fact, is unabashedly subjective.  Van Loon is sometimes snarky, occasionally biased, and always passionate about his subject matter.  He makes history personal by sucking you into the narrative and never letting you lose track of a moment's context.  While it might not hold up to the rigors of journalistic scrutiny, reading this book kept history in my head more than any textbook I ever got in school while keeping me interested in the story and making me fall in love with the author. -Sarah's January Staff Pick, 2015

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The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon was the first book to be awarded the Newbery Medal for an outstanding contribution to children's literature. Written for his grandchildren, The Story of Mankind intermingles personal anecdotes with the history of Western civilization, covering the development of writing, art, and architecture, the rise of major religions, and the formation of the modern nation-state. Van Loon explains that he selected what to and what not to include by asking the question: Did the person or event in question perform an act without which the entire history of civilization would have been different? Well written, informative, and vastly entreating.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781604594126
ISBN-10: 1604594128
Publisher: SMK Books
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2008
Pages: 296
Language: English