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But it soon devolved into war after war after war You will learn many facts, but it is more important to “feel history” than to know it. Hendrik Willem van Loon’s ability to convey history as a fascinating tale of adventure has endeared this book to countless readers.

Almost everything in the book is common knowledge, and requires little if any referencing. It feels bad to start out this way, but I just did not enjoy this book. However, that is about the positive od I can say about the book. It took me forever to get through this book, because it basically reads like a textbook, which is fine, but not something I think would ever be appealing to kids in the twenty-first century. I must say that Van Loon had a passion for history and tried his best?

Now, having complained a great deal about this book, I must remind myself that this book reflects what must have been current thinking about history at the time. This book is exceptionally Eurocentric, which makes sense for the mankinr in which it was written, but does not excuse the racism and the belief that little of “historic importance” ever came out of the non-western world. I’ve read this book a number of times while preparing to teach world history.


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It does have a nice conversational style. This is Washington Square Book W You think van Loon isn’t understated?

Then you will understand what a thousand volumes could not possibly tell you. Since time immemorial, humans love stories. Basically an attempt to tell all of the world’s history in one volume and aimed at young folk.

Discusses the importance of progress and not being “sentimental ot the Good Old Days. Glancing over the other reviews reminded me of the other major problem this book had.

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon

Also what was considered acceptable and normal in a book had changed. I picked it up again at my folks’ house, when I was looking for bedtime reading, and I went through it in bits and pieces, over the course of several visits. I am confident each and every one of them will be better than this one. If that was the motivation, it could be forever updated.

The only reason I read it was so that I could complete the Newbery list, and Tsory admit to sttory a huge sense of accomplishment now that it’s done. Granted, there are a couple things that would probably be considered almost factual errors now AND there is definitely a very strong Eurocentric slant.

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

If the book were written today, I would be more adamant that is an infuriating, condescending, and worthless piece of literature. And then in the fall of Rome, we come across “The rich people had been thrown out of their villas which were now inhabited by evil-smelling and hairy tge.

Why, well basically there are a lot better books out there to spend my time reading. This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat Hendrik Willem van Loon. He seemed to think that the peace treaty was forced upon Europe by the US. Newbery Medal recipient And, as there ths plenty of wars, and later, revolutions, he had plenty of fodder.


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For any other use, please contact David Staley at staley. Van Loon only briefly takes a break from talking about the glories and splendors of Europe to talk about Buddha and Confucius in Asia. How about this description “they were very ill-mannered” in describing “They lived like pigs and threw the bodies of their enemies to the wild dogs who guarded their sheep.

Trivia About The Story of Mankind. Jun 21, Janis rated it really liked it.

It kf not rescued until it had been well roasted. Just not as the first Newbery Winner, ever. While the edition I read had been updated to include events branching into the 21st century, and the parts written by John Merriman were more balanced and less patronizing, I still find it hard to believe that at any point in time this was considered the paragon of children’s literature. Wonderful world history, with many illustrations and bound in blue cloth with a fanciful pastedown And if he were to write it today, I’m sure he stort write other countries and cultures in because the world has changed so dramatically since WW1.

Soon after, Van Loon condemns slavery as practiced in the Americas, but his condemnation seems to be mostly an, ooon, maybe we went a little to far trying to save these ignorant heathens.