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That system had certain very definite disadvantages.

His aim in part was to inspire questions and interest in the development of mostly western civilization in a younger reader who might then read more about that period by actual historians.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone and I certainly wouldn’t read it to a child supposedly that’s who this book is for. Newbery Medal Edition, It has left us an unpleasant heritage of ill-will which promises litttle good for the immediate future. Did this book deserve to win the Newbery?

I’m pretty sure no students actually read and enjoyed this. At a time when knowledge was growing ever more specialized, popularizers like van Loon, Wells and Will Durant wrote books that sought to present a broad picture of the state of human knowledge, to bring meaning to a world whose knowledge was at once expanding and fracturing. He never impressed anybody by his good looks and he remained to the end of his days very clumsy whenever he was obliged to appear at a social function.

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I have already read several, but I decided to start at the first medal book for this journey. And in the original portions of the book, still very readable and with pretty good illustrations. If you’ll read this quote, you’ll know whether or not you’d like the book. But even Joan of Arc was mentioned in only one sentence.


It succeeds in telling the history of white people, sort of, with a strong anti-religion skew. Van Loon explains in the book how he selected what and what manind to include by subjecting all materials to the question: Excuse me didn’t China have many dynasties of contributions to the world prior to its appearance in world war one?

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This rare book is an estate find and I am not a expert. So I thought the van Loon book would be perfect I also found the tone extremely patronizing and the many strange asides, quips, and at times laborious rants van Loon would include made me want to throw the book across the room. I skimmed the other reviews on Goodreads: Dec 21, Ashley rated it did not like it Shelves: Additionally, the amount this book assumes the reader must be a white protestant is extremely off-putting.

Number of bids and bid amounts may be slightly out of date. How did we get here? I enjoyed the drawings too. In a film was made based on the book, titled The Story of Mankindstarring Ronald Colman and an all-star cast, featuring, among others, the Marx Brothers.

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Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. He kept saying that he included a book list, but I did not find it in hendirk Kindle edition. A better title for this might be “The Story of Western Civilization”.

Then you will understand what a thousand volumes could not possibly tell you. I am confident each and every one of them will be better than this one. This time, I was pleasantly surprised. All in all, an informative read that was fun and interesting What sold me on this book was vna it covers the history of man, but in plus pages. Also, unless noted, the book is free from a remainder mark.

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

This is not a book I think many children would read. The only reason I read it was so that I could complete the Newbery list, and I admit to feeling a huge sense of accomplishment now that it’s done. Oh, it was quite fun to read. I may have flailed a lot when I found that out. Seriously, I have never in my life fallen asleep reading a book as many times as I did this one.


This is a bit of a monster of children’s book to delve into, especially as the first Newbery winner. There might be a chapter like the one on Napoleon I could get them to read, but as a whole work, I think it is a book written for adults. This one is one of the rare non-fiction Newbery award-winners and one of the longest as well. And, as there were plenty of wars, and later, revolutions, he had plenty of fodder. The short chapters were great – meaning an approapriate time between ‘lights out at the end of the chapter’ and actual sleep.

It shows what was considered important and unimportant, known and unknown at the time it was written. Van Loon, an immigrant who made good, love America and her European forefathers. I must say, however, that since Bauer is a Christian she interprets history differently and records priorities differently.

A good student of history should attempt to uncover the hidden motives behind people’s actions, because it is only through understanding that we can truly make the world a more peaceful place.

This is the history of the world with no sources cited. It is very biased, the author acknowledges this but it is exactly what you would get if you asked your history professor grandpa for a fireside lecture and I think that aspect of the book is very charming. A inlaid label to the f However, he also wrote many other very popular books aimed at young adults.

Some might complain that he skipped too much. I, however, thought his dry sense of humor rather charming, and his gift for understatement had me chuckling often in between naps, of course.