The way of the world: from the dawn of civilizations to the eve of the twenty-first century

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Vintage Books, Jan 25, 2000 - History - 272 pages
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"Ambitious.... The truth is that Fromkin's outline is persuasively thought out and presented."--The Washington Post Book World

As the human race approaches the 21st century, questions of our past trouble us as much as those that concern our future. How did we get here? Where--and how--did Homo sapiens originate? How did we, precariously bipedal, come to dominate the animal kingdom, direct the flow of the Euphrates, fly a rocket to the moon?

David Fromkin, author of A Peace to End All Peace and finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critic Circle Award, provides an arrestingly cogent answer in The Way of the World. With insight and sound scholarship, he reveals how human culture has evolved according to the principles of self-determination--from the footsteps of the first hominids 3.5 million years ago to the efforts of contemporary democracies' to establish a global, lasting peace. Here is a world history wherein early forms of Christianity give way to rationalism, the tyranny of kings crumbles to the merits of representative government, and modern science presents us with the master key to the future. Refreshingly positive, David Fromkin reminds us of the astounding record of human achievement, and the potential in each of us to improve the way of our world.

"Mr. Fromkin recounts 'the greatest story ever told' exceedingly well, aided by a deep knowledge and an elegant prose style."--The Wall Street Journal

"The Way of the World is worldly, civilized, genial."--The Boston Globe

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THE WAY OF THE WORLD: From the Birth of Civilization to the American Centuries

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A skimpy survey of all human history, marked by a curious thesis. As Fromkin, who teaches international relations, history, and law at Boston University (A Peace to End All Peace, 1989), relates it ... Read full review

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User Review  - wade_coleman - LibraryThing

It seems a little silly to say this about a book that attempts to summarize human history in just under 300 pages... but it moves a little slow. Fromkin's "A Peace to End All Peace" should be required ... Read full review


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Inventing Civilization
Developing a Conscience

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David Fromkin lives in New York City.

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