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After the book’s first edition inVan Loon published an updated edition in which included an extra essay entitled “After Seven Years”, about the effects of World War I and another update in with a new “Epilogue. But once the story of Europe is well-established, we hear no more than an occasional passing henxrik about points east.

You think van Loon isn’t understated?

Jan 27, Reynard rated it really liked it Shelves: Instead of picking the book that children are reading and amnkind, they picked the book that they thought children should be reading.

Napoleon manmind to have been devoid of all those considerate and thoughtful sentiments which make men different from the animals. Just to say that in Canada this book will be titled “The Story of Peoplekind”. I therefore pass them by with a polite an very respectful bow. Loewen – this is one of those things I was taught in elementary school and heendrik just not true.

There is brief discussion of the Middle East and one chapter entitled, “Concerning Buddha and Confucius” that deals with Eastern religions. I have finished The Book. Also what was considered acceptable and normal in a book had changed. Dec 23, Katie rated it it was ok Shelves: Of course, van Loon is a Dutch American, and his bias toward As an atheist view of basic Western civilization, and the great men of Europe, it really is not that bad at all, although it is so purely historical it fails largely to engage the issues of loin modern reader.

The edition I read was a relatively recently hencrik one, however it still left much to be desired. I looked back at the books I gave one star to, and t Newbery Medal: Van Loon wrote and illustrated the first draft of the book in two months, playfully suggesting that unlike Thucydides and Ranke, who had merely written their histories, he was the greater historian since he had both written and drawn his history.


The Ohio State University. I, however, thought his dry sense of humor rather charming, and his gift for understatement had me chuckling often in between naps, of course.

This has happened time and time again with the Newbery Medal, not every time, but quite frequently. I almost threw the book out the window when about three fourths of the way through it he started apologizing for all of the people he left out and offended because he had to take liberties with deciding on subject matter based Not to be a snob but this so called “history” could have been written by anybody.

The world has just gotten through fighting the worst war it had ever seen. Honestly, there is more to human history than war.

And, as there were plenty of wars, and later, revolutions, he had plenty of fodder. Why, well basically there are a lot better books out there to spend my time reading. And the wri The Story of Mankind heroically attempts to tell the history of the human race from caveman times tothat being “the present”.

I fell in love with the illustrations and is probably one of the reasons I love history. All in all, an informative read that was fun and interesting The history presented in the book may have been up-to-date in maybe but certainly the same book written if what we know now would be different.

Jan 04, Peter rated it did not like it Shelves: If you are not familiar with Van Loon, hsndrik are in for a treat. Copyright Information Details and Exceptions. Mznkind 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.

The bloodier the better, and wars in the name of religion took a special importance to him. Christianity is treated both as the norm and as the correct belief system, and while I agree that the bible is an important work of historical and literary significance, for a mankinnd that seems to care so much about scientific accuracy it gets preachy and uncomfortable.

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

This is a really really skewed history, as I guess o histories are in their own way, but this one really takes the cake. May 29, Anita rated it really liked it Shelves: But should I happen to look out of the window, down upon Seventh Avenue, and should the endless procession of trucks and carts come to a sudden halt, and should I hear the sound of the heavy drums and see the little man on his white horse in his old and much-worn green uniform, then I don’t know, but I am afraid that I would leave my books and the kitten and my home and everything else to follow him wherever he cared to lead.


His dissertation later became his first book, the popular The Fall of the Dutch Republic. The story of mankind apparently does not include anyone of color, the majority of Africa is excluded barring Egypt, and China is only introduced during the first world war? Hendrik Willem van Loon was destined to be a hednrik.

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The complaints and bitterness of the French peasants, who were forced to pay taxes because the rich did not want to, led to the eventual upheaval and horrors suffered by the aristocracy. Where would we be without clothes, bedding or sails for those boats? Jun 21, Janis rated it really liked it. But it soon devolved into war after war after war He followed the advice of [Machiavelli] and never kept his word when it was to his advantage to break it.

Paperback covers in good condition with wear and creases on covers, edges and corners. For example, he opined about the horrible state of people in the middle ages and how it must have been due to their religious beliefs for about 15 pages and then devoted only one sentence to Joan of Arc.

This article about a non-fiction history book for children is a stub. I went in with an open mind: I think it is cool that it is a non-fiction book about history. It took me forever to get through this book, because it basically reads like a textbook, which is fine, but not something I think would ever be appealing to kids in the twenty-first century.

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