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Little History of the World

by E. H. Gombrich and Clifford Harper Yale University Press
Pub Date:
10/2005
ISBN:
9780300108835
Format:
Hbk 304 pages
Price:
AU$37.99 NZ$39.99
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E. H. Gombrich and rsquo;s bestselling history of the world for young readers tells the story of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing not on small detail but on the sweep of human experience, the extent of human achievement, and the depth of its frailty. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind and rsquo;s experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity and rsquo;s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.
'Imagine the full story of human habitation on our planet being told in such flowing prose that you want to read it out loud. If you can't imagine that, read A Little History of the World and experience it!'Patricia S. Schroeder, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers and Former U.S. Representative from Colorado Patricia S. Schroeder 7. The true fairy tale of the evolution of mankind.Die Zeit Die Zeit This little history has aged amazingly well. New York Times Book Review 'Witty, clear-eyed and humane, tells the sweeping story of humankind in 40 short and fascinating chapters . . .' Susie Wilde, The News and Observer Susie Wilde The News and Observer 'Gombrich accomplishes what many university-level Western Civilization classes cannota riveting account of events that shaped the world from the Stone Age to the 1930s, illustrating the relevance of history to current events. Teachers and schools should add this to their reading lists.'Claire Martin, The Denver Post Claire Martin The Denver Post 'A beautifully concise volume will remind readers of any age that the past 5,000 years have been one big slugfest between darkness and enlightenment, unreason and reason.'Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times Mary Ann Gwinn Seattle Times 'Magical, transporting. . . . A children's history that adults will want to sneak off with and read on the sly.' VeryShortList.com VeryShortList.com
Among E. H. GOMBRICH’s many writings are the international bestsellers The Story of Art and Art and Illusion. He was director of the Warburg Institute of the University of London from 1959 to 1976.