Take Me Back

Take Me Back

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by DK Publishing
     
 

Building on the strength of Pick Me Up and Do Not Open, we tackle world history in this vibrant and exciting format. Take Me Back is a chronological exploration of the people and events that have shaped societies through time. From Mesopotamia to Mao, the Incas to Iraq, the Spartans to the Space Shuttle, this history book covers it all.

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Building on the strength of Pick Me Up and Do Not Open, we tackle world history in this vibrant and exciting format. Take Me Back is a chronological exploration of the people and events that have shaped societies through time. From Mesopotamia to Mao, the Incas to Iraq, the Spartans to the Space Shuttle, this history book covers it all.

Discover the history of the world through the unlikeliest of channels: newscasts from 1492, the blog of Louis XVI's closest confidant, and more bold, zany, and irreverent sources. Learning history has never been so innovative or exciting. Find out where you fit in to the story of the world!

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Barbara Johnston
With its gilt-edged pages and eye-popping illustrations, this resource is a colorful trip through the annals of time. It is divided into six sections, from How It All Started (4.5 million years ago) to Fast Forward (1900-Today), and succeeds in chronicling and grouping major advancements, wars, leaders, trends, and political movements. A world map precedes each section, and an attention-getting and sometimes-irreverent two-page display showcases each topic of importance. Certainly Civilized highlights major societies including the Romans and their leaders. The busts of Julius Caesar, Octavian, and others sit atop contemporary graduation garb and make up a typical high school yearbook page. Underneath, clever bios (important facts) state each leader's claim to fame while added facial embellishments such as tears, beards, and glasses create humor. And who would not be intrigued by Celtic inventiveness when a pinball game format explains how they plastered the walls of their roundhouses with animal poop? Topics such as The Holocaust and The War on Terror, however, although still visually commanding, list somber facts. Every page is different, and many use devices that are a big part of contemporary culture such as graphics and blogging. Besides "nutshell histories" of the United States and Canada, The Last Part contains esoteric information such as lists of famous lefthanders (Michelangelo), notable fashions (codpiece), and a "historoscope." The audacious charms of this book will easily capture students or casual readers and even convince them that history is fascinating and worthy of deeper study. Reviewer: Barbara Johnston
School Library Journal

Gr 5-9

This title takes readers on a whirlwind tour of 4.5 million years of history, broken into six chronological chapters. Each one is divided into two-page sections with DK's signature sprinkling of text and visually arresting graphics. Samples from "The Middle Part" (400-1399) include "the birth of Islam," "a frank interview with Charlemagne," and "Medieval mall." Sections are variously formatted as games, Web sites, newspapers, comics, art, maps, and pages from books. Some of the spreads are stunningly creative, presenting episodes from history in immensely appealing style. Others are so cluttered that they are difficult to read. In some cases, tiny print and dark backgrounds render the content almost indecipherable. Occasionally, the cheeky presentation is jarringly out of sync with serious subjects ("Rock out at a gory Aztec festival"). There is abundant fictionalizing of thoughts and dialogue of historical figures and personification of artifacts, e.g., two Easter Island statues discuss the 2000-mile voyage of their Polynesian builders. The lack of extensive coverage on any particular topic makes this book unsuitable for research, and its hefty size may deter browsers. An annotated table of contents and an index of the major topics make the content accessible. This title may find an audience with fans of Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It Or Not!-Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756640903
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
10/20/2008
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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