A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects

by Neil MacGregor
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A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

From the renowned director of the British Museum, a kaleidoscopic history of humanity told through things we have made.

When did people first start to wear jewelry or play music? When were cows domesticated and why do we feed their milk to our children? Where were the first cities and what made them succeed? Who invented math-or came up with money?

The history of humanity is a history of invention and innovation, as we have continually created new items to use, to admire, or to leave our mark on the world. In this original and thought-provoking book, Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, has selected one hundred man-made artifacts, each of which gives us an intimate glimpse of an unexpected turning point in human civilization. A History of the World in 100 Objects stretches back two million years and covers the globe. From the very first hand axe to the ubiquitous credit card, each item has a story to tell; together they relate the larger history of mankind-revealing who we are by looking at what we have made.

Handsomely designed, with more than 150 color photographs throughout the text, A History of the World in 100 Objects is a gorgeous reading book and makes a great gift for anyone interested in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670022700
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2011
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.19(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Neil MacGregor has been the director of the British Museum since 2002; prior to that, he was the director of the National Gallery in London. A popular presenter on BBC television and radio, he was named Briton of the Year in 2008. He lives in England.

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A History of the World in 100 Objects 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my father and brother and law and they both loved it. It makes a great gift for history lover for the holidays.
Just_Me70 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It looks at the development of humankind through the lens of representative artifacts. For the most part these artifacts are not the highly publicized treasures of popular imagination. Though some of them are spectacular, many are humble. Each artifact is well photographed and carefully described in a short chapter that includes comments from individuals noted in the field the artifact pertains to. I found myself appreciating objects that I ordinarily would have passed over as uninteresting. It is a perfect "read on the fly" book as well. Each short chapter is complete in itself and can be read in short sittings.
LjtinMissouri More than 1 year ago
After years of hating to read history books, I've found one that I can actually read and enjoy. I purchased it to find out which 100 objects were chosen and I'm reading it to learn more about world history. I appreciate the Table of Contents as it is easy to reference other objects. I would like colored object pictures, but prefer reading it on my eReader. The one thing I like most is that Neil MacGregor talks to you as a person and not as historian. TRY IT . . . YOU MAY LIKE IT . . .and actually like learning more about our history no matter how old you are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book to read as a project in APWH and in my opinion it was written well and had useful information regarding the class. I however didn't give the book full stars because I thought it should have included more explanation for the people that weren't taking a class like APWH or didn't know that much about history.
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This book is tremendous! Written in cooperation by the curator of one of the worlds oldest and most illustrious history charting institutions: The British Museum, and The BBC which also produced a companion website with download-able radio broadcasts, the content of this book really comes to life! Listen to the stories of each broadcast of each object, then read the content with rich photos of each object, and really start to understand a good bit of how humanity began and progressed to contemporary times. A true masterpeice! I'd expected to pay a bit more for this in ebook format, but was happy with the list price. Knowledge is power and this is truly a powerful read. The layout is good, not hard to read and was not simply OCR'ed and sold. This is quality!
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I read the sample, and carefully searched the table of content. No mention of Japanese, where there are different verbs for words such as give, depending on the relationship between the giver, the receiver and who's hearing about it. Didn'tt see anything on ordering of sentences, also a bog factor in understanding of language. Significant omissions, given the title of the book! Could only imagine other ways of being sketchy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is packed with information, yes. How ever the writing style is awful and I found that it went in allot of circles. Its a huge book and will take up allot 9fyour time. Its your choice, but i sugest saving your time.