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    Hendrik Willem Van Loon(Author)

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The Story of Mankind By Hendrik Willem Van Loon

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  • PDF | 144 pages
  • Hendrik Willem Van Loon(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 24, 2017)
  • English
  • 2
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Rich Leonardi on November 11, 2007

    Van Loon's book has been a staple of family reading hour for decades, and more recently it has received renewed circulation among homeschooling families. Originally written in 1921, this story of civilization has been continuously updated, not always profitably. What's below is an excerpt from the current edition:"The civil rights movement escaped another defeat when the Reagan administration's attempt to grant tax exemptions to schools that discriminate against blacks failed. The economic future of young blacks remained bleak, as they continued to suffer the highest unemployment rate in the United States, while the government reduced many of the welfare programs that had helped the poor subsist."Readers seeking a less partisan history are advised to find an older edition or to obtain E.H. Gombrich's excellent A Little History of the World, recently released by Yale University Press in an English edition.

  • By Chronicler of the Barnacles on January 18, 2014

    I bought this as a gift for a grandchild. I was responding to a review under "children's book" in The Wall Street Journal and thought this might be an interesting read for a young person. So far I have not heard anything from the recipient.

  • By Guest on July 28, 2003

    If you are a Jew, Islamist Christian or just somebody that appreciates accurate history and science, than this book will be offensive to you. I encourage you to read it for yourself to see what I mean, but you will not want your children to read it.Depending on the maturity of your children, this book could be used as a tool to teach your children correctly. Here's how: get a pencil and draw a line through every sentence you disagree with. Tell you child why you have done this and let them read it. After each chapter go through the marked parts and tell them what you believe to be the truth.

  • By B.L. on July 9, 2016

    As other reviews have pointed, the illustrations are not printed. A lot of them are inline illustrations, without which it is pain to guess out the meanings, in many cases it is just impossible. That ruins the reading experiences.

  • By Jodip8 on February 6, 2016

    The writing is terrific, a wonderfully concise and easy to understand view of history. HOWEVER, this edition has NO illustrations. It is particularly ironic due to the quote on the title page of the book. "What is the use of a book without pictures?" I have since received the ILLUSTRATED version of the book, and recommend this one highly. The author, Van Loon, hand illustrated his book and this helps greatly with understanding his text.

  • By reader mom on March 5, 2013

    As an *example* of a historical viewpoint, it's probably worth something, but I purchased this book as an assigned "spine" for History Odyssey, a curriculum I am using with my middle-school aged homeschooled child. I can't for the life of me figure out why the folks behind History Odyssey would use this book as a primary text. It is fully of opinion presented as fact. Dutch opinion, no less. (The Dutch were the pinnacle of civilization, did you know? Read this book and you will!) I've been able to use parts of it, and it has made for a good example of how history is often so subjective, but for the most part I've just had her skip it and used other sources. It's a very off note for an otherwise excellent curriculum.Bottom line: Buy this book if you have a sentimental attachment to it, or if you want to get a feel for a Dutch view of the world from nearly 100 years ago. If you are looking for a good overview of world history, look elsewhere.

  • By schneffke on July 8, 2011

    Ordering the "Liberation" has been the most frustrating experience in years. I ordered it, always from Amazon, at least three different times, and received "The Story of Man" instead. The "Story of Man" IS NOT "The Liberation"!I finally wound up reordering "The Liberation of Man" one more (a 4rth) time through ZVAB - an outfit similar to Amazon but in Europe. I had to open a PayPal account, I got the book "The Liberation of Man..." within days. Extremely courteous dealing with seller.But, low and behold, INSIDE "the Liberation of Man...", the text is word for word, page for page, IDENTICAL with Van Loon's book "Tolerance".So, if you want "Tolerance", order "Liberation". And if you want "Liberation", order "Tolerance". You will either get "Tolerance" or "The Story of Man".Somebody aught to do some re-organizing and/or re-matching of titles here.Anyway, I love Van Loon's writing so much that these "little" inconveniences are worth while the effort of ordering these books.Sincere regards,Gudrun Escudie

  • By Thomas Shuford on April 10, 2003

    THE STORY OF MANKIND is a delight. Contrast its wit and insight with the typical history textbooks to which our young are routinely subjected--as ably described by education historian Diane Ravitch:"The dullness of history textbooks is legendary. I am involved right now in a study of history textbooks, and I must say that I have trouble reading them because of their jumbled, jangly quality. I also have trouble lifting them because they are so heavy and overstuffed with trivia and pedagogical aids. With one or maybe two exceptions, most textbooks put more emphasis on visual glitz than on the quality of their text. By the time that these books emerge from the political process that is called state adoption, they lack voice and narrative power. They lack the very qualities that make historical writing exciting. Our history textbooks are distracting, and I don't know how students learn anything from them."Van Loon's book won the first Newberry Prize, quite an achievement for a book on world history. "The Story of Mankind" remains a great read for any child thirteen and up (and up).

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