Story Of Mankind

Paperback | December 21, 1999

byLoon Hendrik VanForeword byJohn Merriman

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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 Loon's 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 century.

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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.

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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 co...

John Merriman is the Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale University. A specialist in nineteenth century French history, Merriman earned his Ph. D at the University of Michigan. He is the author of many books, including The Margins of City Life: Explorations on the French Urban Frontier, 1815–1851; Red City: Limoges and the Fre...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:December 21, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0871401754

ISBN - 13:9780871401755

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 17

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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.