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A History of the World in 100 Objects - Neil MacGregor

A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Published: 28th June 2012
For Ages: 18+ years old
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'This wonderful book transports us to every corner of the globe' Tom Holland, Observer

'Magnificent . . . He brings home to our hearth the long-dead ancestors, the distant races, the heroes and brutes and dreamers of the rolling centuries . . . there is poetry in their survival and their evocation' Libby Purves, The Times

A golden galleon, a stone age tool, a credit card . . . every object tells a story. This astonishing, acclaimed history tells the story of the world, and our place in it, in an entirely new way, through 100 things we have either admired and preserved, or used, broken and thrown away. It will take you on a journey back in time and across the globe, to see how we humans have shaped our world, and been shaped by it, over the past two million years.

'A marvellous book . . . brilliant, engagingly written, deeply researched' Mary Beard, Guardian

'Brilliant, clever and original ... simultaneously captivates and liberates the imagination . . . The book is genuinely a world history, traversing the globe from remote Scottish Isles to the deserts of aboriginal Australia, and reducing 'our times' to their proper place' John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph

'Authentic, personal and humorous' Andrew Roberts, Financial Times

'Highly intelligent, delightfully written and utterly absorbing' Timothy Clifford, Spectator

About the Author

Neil MacGregor has been Director of the British Museum since August 2002. He was previously Director of the National Gallery in London from 1987 to 2002.

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5.0

entertaining, humorous and informative

By Joanna

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Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Deeply Informative
  • Easy To Understand
  • Groundbreaking Research
  • Unique Interpretation
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • History-geography Reader
    • Older Readers
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about A History of the World in 100 Objects:

    I'm not the museum type of person, but reading this book makes me want to grab a plane and dive into the British museum, see and feel all these pieces of history.

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    5.0

    Brilliant in every way

    By Gaye

    from Brisbane

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    Pros

    • Broad Appeal
    • Continually Relevant
    • Deeply Informative
    • Easy To Understand
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Reference
      • Travel Reading
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about A History of the World in 100 Objects:

      Each chapter on each subject is only 3 or 4 pages long and the object and its use is explained easily.

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      ISBN: 9780241951774
      ISBN-10: 0241951771
      Audience: General
      For Ages: 18+ years old
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 640
      Published: 28th June 2012
      Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 12.8  x 3.0
      Weight (kg): 19.8