The Story of Mankind

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Liveright, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 674 pages
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First published in 1921, The Story of Mankind has charmed generations of readers of all ages with its warmth, simplicity, and wisdom. Beginning with the origins of human life and sweeping forward to illuminate all of history, Hendrik van Loon's incomparable prose enlivens the characters and events of every age. His unique ability to convey history as a fascinating tale of adventure has endeared the book to countless readers and has accorded it a unique place in publishing history. This new version, which retains van Loon's original illustrations, has been brought up to date by John Merriman, professor of history at Yale University. It incorporates the most important developments of the last two decades-including space exploration, the emergence of the developing countries, the Cold War, the Internet, and the astounding advances we have witnessed in medicine and science - and looks forward into the prospect of the twenty-first century.

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User Review  - Kermit - Goodreads

2.3 stars I've always wanted to read the very first Newbery award winner---and this is it, The Story of Mankind---published in 1922. But I totally had trouble getting through it. I ended up spot ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carl Nelson - Goodreads

1922 Newbery Medal recipient. Think of a world history class told by a crotchety professor in a generally entertaining and flowing manner, and you have "The Story of Mankind." The prose is mostly very ... Read full review

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Hendrik Willem van Loon was born in Rotterdam, Holland on January 14, 1882. He emigrated to the United States in 1903 and attended Harvard and Cornell University, graduating from the latter in 1905. In 1906 he began working for the Associated Press in New York City, Washington, D.C., Moscow, and Warsaw. van Loon received his Ph.D. from the University of Munich in 1911, and in 1913 his book The Fall of the Dutch Republic was published. He lectured at Cornell on European History from 1915-1916. In 1921 van Loon received the Newberry Medal for The Story of Mankind. From 1922-23 he was a professor at Antioch College, Ohio, and was Associate Editor of the Baltimore Sun from 1923-24. He did his first radio broadcast on Christmas Day, 1929, and started radio broadcasts at NBC in 1932. He did lectures for the Cunard Cruise Line on the Franconia in 1934. In 1939-40 his radio broadcasts were directed to Holland from WRVL in Boston. Hendrik Willem van Loon died in Old Greenwich, Connecticut on March 11, 1944.

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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