A Little History of the World (Paperback)

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    In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense s...

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    Among E. H. GOMBRICH’s many writings are the international bestsellers The Story of Art and Art and Illusion. He was director of the Warburg Institute of the University of London from 1959 to 1976.

    In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte fur junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in seventeen languages across the world.

    Toward the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation. A Little History of the World presents his lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time. Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this is a book to be savored and collected.

    In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind’s experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

    The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.

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    ISBN 9780300143324
    Genre HISTORY / World
    Format Paperback
    Pages 284
    Publisher Date 2008-10-07 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Yale Univ Pr
    Copyright Year 2008
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.8 lb
    Language English
    Audience Young adult
    Authors Gombrich, E. H.

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    • a must read

      I have bought a dozen of these and have given them all away. Gombrich truly makes sense of the world from the bronze age through the nuclear age in less than 300 pages! Initially written for a grade school audience (in the 1930's) it is right on the mark for our current adult society. Being a product of the 70's, I am embarrassed by how little l was taught about the world beyond our great country. I feel empowered by this simple little book to have a better grasp of the bigger picture.

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