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The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | [H. G. Wells]

The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind

Having coined the phrase "the war that will end war," H. G. Wells was disillusioned by the World War I peace settlement. Convinced that humanity needed to awaken to the instability of the world order and remember lessons from the past, the author of science-fiction classics set out to write about history. Wells hoped to remind mankind of its common past, provide it with a basis for international patriotism, and guide it to renounce war.
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Having coined the phrase "the war that will end war," H. G. Wells was disillusioned by the World War I peace settlement. Convinced that humanity needed to awaken to the instability of the world order and remember lessons from the past, the author of science-fiction classics set out to write about history. Wells hoped to remind mankind of its common past, provide it with a basis for international patriotism, and guide it to renounce war. The work became immensely popular, earning him world renown and solidifying his reputation as one of the influential voices of his time.

Public Domain (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Adam IRVING, TX, United States 03-07-12
    Adam IRVING, TX, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2005

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    I thought that this book was very good and I highly recommend it. It is a very thick read, and even though I know a lot about world history, this book still took a while to digest. Unlike most books that cover world history, this book doesn't have a Euro-centric bias (at least not until about the 17th century). Another thing I liked about the book is that it offers a window into the (author's) world of the early 1920s, since you can often discern the pure history from the lens through which the author tells it (such as his tendency to see proto-communistic tendencies in various past events). My only complaint (and the only thing that prevents me from giving the book five stars) is that the author's own ideological biases become apparent, especially near the end of the book. I would also warn other readers that western understanding of Indian and Chinese history has come a long way since this book was written, and so its discussion of Indian and Chinese history is a bit dated. Overall though, the book was very good.

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    Jon Bonaire, GA, United States 10-19-12
    Jon Bonaire, GA, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from H. G. Wells and/or Bernard Mayes?


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    "Null slow narration."

    The narration seems to have been done some time ago. It’s not the best quality. The narrator is a very mature gentleman and has the voice you would expect a learned man/old professor might have or a village victor. There is very little warmth to his voice. The reading speed is a little slow for me. It’s read like someone reading it for the first time at times.

    It’s listenable but could be much better.

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