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History of the World, Updated | [J.M. Roberts]

History of the World, Updated

In the History of the World, Updated, J. M. Roberts has revised his monumental previous work, History of the World, taking into account the great range of discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism. Large portions of text have been rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
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In the History of the World, Updated, J. M. Roberts has revised his monumental previous work, History of the World, taking into account the great range of discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism. Large portions of text have been rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

As in his previous work, this is also a book of extraordinary ambition, clarity, and style that follows the central notion that human history is the story of change, a deliberate shaping of experience and environment. Among the elements that have made the book uniquely appealing are its powerful vision and voice.

Roberts's book is exceptional in its genuinely global and comprehensive nature, showing the development of different civilizations through the ages, from our origins on the African savannah to A.D. 2002. Like no other book, it succeeds in conveying the staggering diversity of the human experience across a vast range of circumstances and habitats.

If there is one book anyone truly interested in history should hear, this is it.

©2002 J.M. Roberts; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Blashy Québec, Canada 05-05-09
    Blashy Québec, Canada 05-05-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Do not listen in ONE strecht, split it up."

    This book HAS to be listened too in parts.

    Listen to the first one, take a 3-4 week break, listen to the next and repeat the process.

    I did not do that at first and got bored after 18 hours. So I took 3 week breaks between 6-8 hour reads. It keeps it fresh and it is a well written book.

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    Diane Fort Collins, CO, United States 03-03-10
    Diane Fort Collins, CO, United States 03-03-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Monotone reading"

    The book is well written, but the audio version features the author droning on in a painful monotone.

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    MVP 11-20-06
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    "Great Audio Program"

    Excellent review of the history of the world.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    James SEATTLE, WA, USA 08-14-07
    James SEATTLE, WA, USA 08-14-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Insufferable narration"

    Plodding and insufferably pompous. I will probably try again some day to get through it but for now, it is way too tedious to contemplate.

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    Travis Provo, UT, USA 10-12-09
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    "Where is the book?"

    This book is only an excerpt which starts in the 19th century. Rip off.

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