This audio book is like having your favorite uncle sitting beside your bed each night and telling you little segments of history before you go off to sleep. Very pleasant and very informative. This book gives a warm human side to history. If the author had been your history teacher, you would have loved history.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
This was a very enjoyable book to listen to as I worked in an archive surrounded by "history". I loved the approach to how the author thought about history and the relationship between tribes and larger tribes and nations.
For the most part this covers the history of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and China. Towards the end the Americas and Japan come into play (with a pinch of India) when European seapower improves.It covers the major players who impact other major players in the world, so there is a lot of other places that do not get covered. Yes, it is a bit euro-centric, but as the focus turns to themes of industrialization, exploration, the rise of Communism, modern advances in science and technology on all of mankind it naturally would do so.
This is one of those books that I will continue to listen to and enjoy every time. Imagine the impossible task of wanting to know about the history of the world, but needing it to be concise and interesting - I thought it was impossible but was surprised to find such a book existed. I could not stop listening! It was supposedly written for fifth graders but I think that people of all ages can enjoy this book. It is interesting and the perfect length. Would recommend to everyone who is not a history buff.
This book gives the big picture in an intelligent but still entertaining and accessible way. I wish I had read this as a child; the miscellaneous details I learned in history lessons would have had more context and been more memorable. I didn't find it too childish though to benefit from now.
NYC editor 25 years.
Brilliant, accessible world history in an elegant nutshell. Perfectly done. From the beginning of the universe to modern day. Here are the people, the cultures, the philosophy
of 3000+ years of history. Erudite, humane, no judgments made -- history pure and simple.
Was written for his grandson but it's an adult read. A must read for those who like history and for those wondering what's it all about.
Throughout the years I have red many parts of the world history. But after reading this book I was able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Now I have a pretty clear picture of the flow of History. And I begin to wonder how History will characterize our century……
A must read.
Really good overview over the general history of the world. Think I will go back and listen to bits again now and then, just to refresh about different periods. Great narrator!
I would listen to it again, and I do. It is currently my go-to book to listen to in bed when i can't sleep - not that it puts me to sleep but that it's enjoyable even as I learn.
The first major section, which I think the author said was added later, buys into typical evolutionist theory, so I tend to skip that. But once history begins, it's good stuff.
truly enchanting story
This story puts you in the shoes of each character! I can feel the misery and the troubles and taste the gold and riches.
When Ralph Cosham spoke as a curious child it truly makes everyone laugh.
Each story was amazing but the chapter about Persian War really left me speechless