Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 704 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 in
Published: December 16, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0871401754
ISBN - 13: 9780871401755
From the Publisher
First published in 1921 The Story of Mankind has charmed
generations of readers of all ages with its warmth simplicity and
wisdom. Beginning with the origins of human life and sweeping
forward to illuminate all of history Hendrik van Loon''s
incomparable prose enlivens the characters and events of every age
His unique ability to convey history as a fascinating tale of
adventure has endeared the book to countless readers and has
accorded it a unique place in publishing history.
This new version which retains van Loons original illustrations
has been brought up to date by John Merriman, professor of history
at Yale University. It incorporates the most important developments
of the last two decades -- including space exploration, the
emergence of the developing countries, the Cold War the Internet
and the astounding advances we have witnessed in medicine and
science -- and looks forward into the prospect of the twenty-first
About the Author
Hendrik Willem van Loon was born in Rotterdam, Holland on January 14, 1882. He emigrated to the United States in 1903 and attended Harvard and Cornell University, graduating from the latter in 1905. In 1906 he began working for the Associated Press in New York City, Washington, D.C., Moscow, and Warsaw. van Loon received his Ph.D. from the University of Munich in 1911, and in 1913 his book The Fall of the Dutch Republic was published. He lectured at Cornell on European History from 1915-1916. In 1921 van Loon received the Newberry Medal for The Story of Mankind. From 1922-23 he was a professor at Antioch College, Ohio, and was Associate Editor of the Baltimore Sun from 1923-24. He did his first radio broadcast on Christmas Day, 1929, and started radio broadcasts at NBC in 1932. He did lectures for the Cunard Cruise Line on the Franconia in 1934. In 1939-40 his radio broadcasts were directed to Holland from WRVL in Boston. Hendrik Willem van Loon died in Old Greenwich, Connecticut on March 11, 1944.
From Our Editors
Originally published in 1921, John Merriman updates this story.
The Story of Mankind is familiar to
generations of readers, describes the beginnings of human life and
documents every age in our history. The author's talent is in
creating a fascinating adventure story out of actual events.