The Story of Mankind

The Story of Mankind

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“Remains a marvel: a sparkling, erudite, idiosyncratic tour through the human experience. . . . What a pageant this charming narrator continues to offer us!”—Wall Street Journal

Winner of the first John Newberry Medal, Hendrik Willem van Loon’s The Story of Mankind, originally written for the author’s grandchildren, has charmed generations with its warmth and wisdom. Beginning with the origins of human life and sweeping forward to illuminate all of history, van Loon’s incomparable prose and illustrations presented a lively rendering of the people and events that have shaped world history. This new edition, updated by best-selling historian Robert Sullivan, continues van Loon’s personable style and incorporates the most important developments of the early twenty-first century, including the war on terrorism, global warming, and the explosion of social media. The result remains extremely “valid in broad outline if not detail and, as ever, a grand and thought-provoking read” (Kirkus Reviews).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871408655
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Series: Liveright Classics Series
Edition description: Updated Edition
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 456,315
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About 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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The story of mankind 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, this digitized copy is too unreadable to be useful. May 2012
flyingmonkey5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If I may riff from Lady Caroline Lamb, this book is mad, bad and dangerous to read. I wouldn't have bothered to finish, but I working on all of the Newberys so I suffered through. This is terrible history. Biased, racist, Euro-centric and paternalistic; I would hate to think that someone would read this and think they know more about history. Van Loon provides opinion without any attempt at impartiality.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saved the worst for last. My final Newbery and what a struggle it was to get through it! This is the story of the history of the world through the ages, written for a young audience. It is said to have been amended and updated and added to, but, if that is so, I can only shudder to think of the awful book that this book was originally. It is, in its present form, chock full of cruel opinions and mean asides about various peoples and their actions through the ages. I had considered keeping this book for my library, but, having read it, I cannot do it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This copy is unreadable not that hard to fix a scan before offering to customers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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