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A Little History of the World : Little Histories - Ernst H. Gombrich

A Little History of the World

Little Histories

By: Ernst H. Gombrich, Clifford Harper (Illustrator), Caroline Mustill (Transcribed by)

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Published: 19th August 2008
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
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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 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 twenty-five languages across the world. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colourful 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.

About The Author

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.

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    Comments about A Little History of the World:

    I bought this as a gift for a friend. Have read it many times myself and it is by far one of my favorite books. Such a pleasure to mosey through.

     
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      Good for kids reading books, smooth flow and good big picture.

       
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        I cannot recommend this book more highly. It should be a part of the curriculum in high schools!
        Beautifully written and completely captivating. The book I believe is aimed at younger children, but I can confidently say it would be a pleasure to read at any age.
        Starting at the beginning and carrying the reader right through to the present, the author turns our own History into a magical, adventurous tale that you will not be able to put down.

         
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          I am thoroughly enjoying this book - it's extremely simplified which for me is great as I'm a new mum without much time to read. I can get through a chapter quickly and I find the writting style very enjoyable. I look forward to each chapter and I can't wait to read this to my daughter when she's old enough. I think it's an excellent read for young and old.

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          "'I wish it had been available when I was young.' Allan Massie, Literary Review 'There is not one of the 39 short chapters that is not enlivened by a sharp insight or arresting image.' Tim Blanning, The Sunday Telegraph 'With Gombrich's Little History, at last available in English there will be many generations of future historians who will attribute to it their lifelong passion for history - and for truth.' Lisa Jardine, The Times 'Do not, from its title, underestimate this book.' Brian Sewell, Evening Standard 'Gombrich opens with the most magical definition of history I have ever read.' Amanda Vickery, Guardian Review 'Brilliant, irresistible: a wonderful surprise.' Philip Pullman 'the whole experience of human history, from prehistory to the Second World War, compressed into a flowing narrative... A delight.' The Daily Telegraph"

          ISBN: 9780300143324
          ISBN-10: 030014332X
          Series: Little Histories
          Audience: General
          For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
          For Grades: 7 - 9
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English , Multiple languages
          Number Of Pages: 304
          Published: 19th August 2008
          Publisher: Yale University Press
          Country of Publication: US
          Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 14.2  x 2.6
          Weight (kg): 0.39