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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2007

    Essential History

    HG Wells' Outline of History is the best and most important history book I've ever read, 'BA in history and political science 25 years ago, and still an avid student of these subjects'. Offers essential insight into where the human race has come from, which is key to understanding where we are and where we are going.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Wells' Mediterranean Race

    H. G. Wells¿ darkish, brownish, Mediterranean, Caucasian race was really Ethiopian, the reason why their southern boundaries merged with his darker African Negro race, an observation that takes forever to hone, seeing it but not recognizing it for years, until that awareness-light turns on and the code is broken. Thank you, Mr. Wells, for those well hidden little gems. Putting them right in front of us was the perfect hiding place. Had you only known, would you have been so generous with your praise?

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Just what it says it is; an outline of History.

    I've known about this book fot years but could never find it. I'm glad I finally did. I've always felt that History when it is well written is exciting to read. History when it is poorly written is a chore to read. Welles' History proves that he was a great writer. This is exciting and fun to read. Although he is very critical of Alexander, Julius Caesar, and Rome.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    Very interesting - easily worth the price.

    Very good overview that gets into more depth as it gets closer to more modern times.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Wow!!!

    Will read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    The Greatest Story Ever Told! I am eternally grateful that Barn

    The Greatest Story Ever Told!

    I am eternally grateful that Barnes and Noble has republished this classic two-volume text on world history. I own both the two-volume Barnes and Nobles editions as well as the 1971 edition that extends the narrative after World War 1, including World War 2, the formation of the U.N., the Cold War, and the Space Race. The Outline of History is the best and most underrated book by H. G. Wells, the father of science fiction and universal history, much better than all his scientific romances combined since it is actually a true story. It is a supremely written universal history and it tells the epic adventure of the history of the world, life, and mankind according to the sciences of astronomy, biology, geology, anthropology, and world history. This is the modern scientific worldview expounded by Wells in the early twentieth century and the secular Bible of the modern era. As one of the greatest English writers in history, Wells shows great insight into the changes and meanings of world history, adding plenty of colorful descriptions and analogies to explain complex processes as well as many witty satirical remarks. Naturally, the book is biased in its materialism, biocentrism, and scientism, but it tries and largely succeeds in remaining objective, historical, and scientific throughout. The book spans from the origins of the solar system to the outbreak of World War 1, ending with final speculations about the possible future formation of a world state and global government. Based on the Newtonian science of the time, Wells speculates that the universe, the totality of space and time, has existed for billions of years or has existed for an infinite amount of time. After dealing with the origin and evolution of our planet, the story follows the Darwinian science of the time and covers the origin of life in the first seas and the evolution of life towards dry land, the sky, and beyond. The geological ages covered include the Ages of Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals and Birds, Apes and Submen, and finally Mankind. Despite the subsequent progressive ages, the Paleolithic Age, the Neolithic Age, the Industrial Age, and the various imperial ages of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Mongols, Arabs, and later Europeans, the many wars detailed in the book and the evolutionary struggle for existence prove that history is more nature red in tooth and claw and more about the march of armies than the march of progress, knowledge, and enlightenment. The book likewise covers the history of religion, including paganism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, giving interesting biographies of the major founders of these great but outdated faiths. The book largely follows the increasing complexity of life and civilization on earth. Despite the sufferings and tragedies of world history, life moves on and slowly progresses, perpetually dying as the old generation and being reborn as the new generation, and the range of life widens until the modern era when life has left our little planet and started to explore the wider universe. Thus, humanity finds itself on the path either to self-imposed destruction by modern global warfare or to further social and biological evolution in the formation of a world state and the colonization of space. It appears despite the sheer length of this epic story, we are merely at the twilight of the dawn and future history will be far longer and greater than all the history already recorded, if we don’t blow ourselves up first of course. I’d recommend this book as the ultimate encyclopedia, but I would recommend that readers first buy and read its abridgement, A Short History of the World (Penguin Classics), as preparation for this much fuller and larger two-volume world history. This story is clearly the greatest story ever told!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Will

    This is one of the only h.g. wells books without a rp wow

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