The Story of Mankind

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Winner of the first John Newbery Medal, here is Hendrik van Loon's renowned classic, updated for the twenty-first century. 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 ...
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Winner of the first John Newbery Medal, here is Hendrik van Loon's renowned classic, updated for the twenty-first century. 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. Over 500,000 copies sold; translated into eighteen languages, the #2 best-selling nonfiction book in 1921, the year it was first published.

This classic history, first published in 1921 and winner of the first Newbery Medal, was illustrated in pen and ink by the author. This version has incorporated recent events to make it an up-to-date world history.

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Editorial Reviews

Meghan Gurdon - The Wall Street Journal
“The Story of Mankind …remains a marvel: a sparkling, erudite, idiosyncratic tour through the human experience from the mists of prehistory to the smoking aftermath of World War I. In van Loon's charming, virtuosic pages we meet scoundrels and ruffians and poets; we engage with Pericles, Mohammed and Metternich, Confucius and Savonarola and Voltaire; we stand amazed anew before Egyptian hieroglyphs, Gothic arches, Florentine frescoes and the steam engine. Ninety-two years on, modern accretions and all, what a pageant this charming narrator continues to offer us!”
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-03
Further cementing its status as a living classic, the first Newbery winner (1922) returns sporting an eighth update. Following the practice of van Loon himself and subsequent co-authors over the years, Sullivan leaves the original text, with its often puckish line drawings, virtually untouched and seamlessly appends topical chapters (12 in all) written in the same conversational style. The previous update having appeared in 1999, Sullivan covers major events from the Y2K panic and 9/11 to Barack Obama's re-election in 2012. He also glances at China (in a chapter characteristically titled "China Is Back / Not that it ever went away") and offers overviews of the Arab Spring and the late worldwide economic "Downturn." On more thematic notes, he also comments in a cautionary way on the rise of new social media and more approvingly on how the notion that governments owe official apologies for historical atrocities committed against minority or other groups has recently taken hold. Readers of the 77 chapters that precede the new content will find that though some of the language ("Wherever food was plentiful, thither man has travelled") and, surprisingly rarely, attitudes are dated, the vivid storytelling and steady focus on the human element exert an appeal that hasn't aged a bit. Still valid in broad outline if not detail and, as ever, a grand and thought-provoking read. Those early Newbery voters knew value when they saw it. (timeline) (Nonfiction. 11-14)
Buffalo News
““[A] wonderful history of the world—a splendidly lucid way, still, for young people to get one view of Western civilization.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871407153
  • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/9/2013
  • Series: Liveright Classics Series
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 533,879
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Hendrik Willem van Loon received worldwide acclaim for the many books that he both wrote and illustrated. Among his most beloved are The Story of America, The Story of the Bible and The Life and Times of Rembrandt. European born and educated, van Loon was a professor at Antioch College and lectured at Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Munich.

Robert Sullivan is the best-selling author of Rats and My American Revolution.

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 French Nineteenth Century; The Agony of the Republic: The Repression of the Left in Revolutionary France, 1848–1851; and, most recently, The Stones of Balazuc: A French Village in Time (Norton, 2002). He regularly teaches the survey of modern European history at Yale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Herdly readable :(

    There are so many errors in text and format so it us nearly impossible to be read on any nook :( good thing it was free

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Terrible formatting

    It is impossible to read this on the nook. Most characters appear wrong. I think all these badly formatted books should be made unavailable (or else reformatted)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    The Story Of Mankind

    I really like this book because it tells a ton of interesting stuff about history. If your a history nut you'll love this book. I got interested in it because i love Newberry Award Books and this book won the very first Newberry Award In 1922.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Unreable copy

    Unfortunately, this digitized copy is too unreadable to be useful. May 2012

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    This edition

    This copy is unreadable not that hard to fix a scan before offering to customers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    A Favorite of mine

    Awesome book that was just... AMAZING!!!! It was also the very first newberry award winner, and im reading all of the winners in chronological order so this is how I found this book! Im reccomending this to everyone I know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Sooo good

    Omg such a good book and i would totally recomend readu,ing it for a book report or project in school!

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