A Little History of the World

Hardcover | October 13, 2005

byE. H. GombrichIllustratorClifford Harper

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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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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 m...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.06 inPublished:October 13, 2005Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300108834

ISBN - 13:9780300108835

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! The review on its cover sums up this gem of a book: “Brilliant, irresistible, a wonderful surprise.” – Philip Pullman. It upholds that “story” is a vital part of the word “history.”
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Delicious and Digestible Taste of World History What a fantastic book!! With clarity and connection it offers world history in a way that doesn't involk fear (for once)!!! This book is a great place to begin one's journey into the past!
Date published: 2009-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! My children (then 8 and 10) loved this book when it appeared in French some years ago, translated from the original German. I can't believe it's in English at last. It's a wonderful book to read aloud - and I confess, I learned a lot of interesting things from it myself. Best of all, it's just a great read.
Date published: 2005-09-19

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“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