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.