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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Overview

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.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871401755
  • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/17/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 333,421
  • Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (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.

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 April 17, 2006

    An excellent book

    Story of Mankind is a book of our history written almost like a story book. What I find unique about this book is that it gives you a lot of organized information in reader-friendly form. I read my favorite parts first, then read the book straight through. Our history is fascinating to begin with and Story of Mankind, from 1921, stands today as an outstanding, educational, easy-reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2005

    AMAZING!!!!!! OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!

    This is the best history book I ever read. It is fun and it tells many things about the people from long time ago to present. This is a awesome book and I recommend everybody to read this BOOK!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    If you like history then this is the book for you.

    I read The Story of Mankind not expecting to think much of it. Most history books in my opinion keeeps dragging on and on about a certain idea or thought. The Story of Mankind moves along quickly. I think the author spends just enough time on the topics that would influence the lives of modern day americans. This book will give you the basics of european history but it will not give you the whole story. I only gave this book three stars because the author gives a lot of personal opinions that do not belong in a history book. I have to say that this book was interesting though and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in european and american history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2002

    It was an fasinating history book!

    I am not an English reader, but I read the chinese version of this book before, I was really like it. Just like other classical book(Torlerance, etc.)that Van Loon had, it's easy and simple to follow, You can always find wise and shining words in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2001

    what?

    this historic novel was rather bland in my opinion, not giving the appropriate details of world history and going into a lot of matters where the only perspective expressed was that of the author. A truly disadvantageous history book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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