The Story of Mankind
Boni and Liveright, 1921 - 479 páginas
The Story of Mankind was written and illustrated by Dutch-American journalist, professor, and author Hendrik Willem van Loon and published in 1921. In 1922, it was the first book to be awarded the Newbery Medal for an outstanding contribution to children's literature. Written for his children (Hansje and Willem), The Story of Mankind tells in brief chapters the history of western civilization beginning with primitive man, covering the development of writing, art, and architecture, the rise of major religions, and the formation of the modern nation-state. Van Loon explains in the book how he selected what and what not to include by subjecting all materials to the question: Did the person or event in question perform an act without which the entire history of civilization would have been different? - Wikipedia.
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Absolutely wonderful book. I enjoyed it greatly as a 44 year old adult; it rather stuns me that this was written for children (or at least adolescents). The expectations we have for children's education and awareness of the past has certainly plummeted in 80 years.
Towards the very end, Van Loon prognosticates a bit about the world after WWI and Versailles. Sadly, his fears and trepidations are spot on.
I liked this book so much (initially reading much of it on Google Books), I bought a vintage copy for our family's library. This really is how history should be presented to todays' youth. We'd have a much less ignorant society if everything were not dumbed down as it is today.
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