A History Of The World In 100 Objects
  • A History Of The World In 100 Objects
  • A History Of The World In 100 Objects
  • A History Of The World In 100 Objects
  • A History Of The World In 100 Objects
  • A History Of The World In 100 Objects
  • A History Of The World In 100 Objects
  • A History Of The World In 100 Objects
  • A History Of The World In 100 Objects
  • A History Of The World In 100 Objects
  • A History Of The World In 100 Objects
ISBN: 1846144132
EAN13: 9781846144134
Language: English
Pages: 608
Dimensions: 2.44" H x 9.37" L x 6.3" W
Weight: 3.88 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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An enthralling and profoundly humane book that every civilized person should read.
--The Wall Street Journal

The blockbuster New York Times bestseller and the companion volume to the wildly popular radio series

When did people first start to wear jewelry or play music? When were cows domesticated, and why do we feed their milk to our children? Where were the first cities, and what made them succeed? Who developed math--or invented money?

The history of humanity is one of invention and innovation, as we have continually created new things to use, to admire, or leave our mark on the world. In this groundbreaking book, Neil MacGregor turns to objects that previous civilizations have left behind to paint a portrait of mankind's evolution, focusing on unexpected turning points.

Beginning with a chopping tool from the Olduvai Gorge in Africa and ending with a recent innovation that is transforming the way we power our world, he urges us to see history as a kaleidoscope--shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising. A landmark bestseller, A History of the World in 100 Objects is one f the most unusual and engrossing history books to be published in years.

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   Definirely for any history buff out there
While it makes for a hugely entertaining read for most of us, there were few chapters that I didn 't relate to. But the best thing about the book is that you can skip the chapter just by reading it, and you wouldn t even notice. And Neil Mcgreggor's style is very warm, funny, and candid. So, recommended for anyone interested in history, definitely a must-read book.
   100 objects to read about when it's 14 degrees outside and snowing!
I love history and art, but this book was even slow for me at times. Having said that, I learned a lot about ancient cultures. A good read... especially when it is snowing outside.
   Unique way to view history
Writing is fair and from BBC Radio Broadcasts, but if you like a different perspective on history through the ages, you will enjoy this book.
   Excellent choice!
I gave 5 stars because the cds are prefect and I liked the way they are recorded.
   Absorbing, breathtaking read
Anyone with a passing interest in history will be captivated by this book, which stretches from the great example of human art and ingenuity through the prehistoric empires of the ages, including ones you haven 't heard in their flourishing and their passing.
   Good price
Very good price as opposed to the price they were sold elsewhere. Also a paperback got a bookback.
   As promised, a beautiful book
I'm afraid that I must disagree respectfully with other customers in the review section. This is a FIVE-STAR book for the price. It is beautifully illustrated with full color photographs. I have the hardcover and not the Kindle version ''. My guess is that the pages would present beautifully on the Kindle for iPad or on the Kindle for Mac. One of the reviewers criticized the photo quality. I have to disagree ''. I find it to be top notch ''. It is presented in a glossy format rather than matte print, so my guess is that the reviewer would have preferred the matte versions. On the other hand, I love the crisp and detailed finishes on all photographs, which are nicely matte. The book EXCELLENT is priced at.
   Both pleasurable and didactic
When I started this formidably lengthy book, I thought I would Cherry Pick among the 100 items, choosing the ones that appeared interesting and skipping over others. In the event, I found it difficult to skip about anything, for each chapter seemed to contain new and absorbing information. Therefore, I pictured almost every one of the 100 items read. Neil MacGregor is a scholar of the singular erudition who writes in a lighthearted and engaging prose style. Each of the 100 objects is brought to life with the help of numerous specialists, whose commentary he invites, by being placed in its appropriate geographical, historical, anthropological or archaeological setting. This is a truly marvelous work of scholarship, one that is as pleasurable to read as it is didactic. Everyone interested in the history of art will not want to miss it.
This book would probably be better in hard copy than on Kindle. If I had seen it in a bookstore, I would have read the art, seen occasional captions and then decided against the purchase.
   Excellent read
The author did a fantastic job with this assemblage of objects from throughout history, and the descriptions are very well presented. Political or religious representation of the history of our civilization without good motivations.