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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (620 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hendrik Willem van Loon Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Story of Mankind revolutionized former methods of telling history. While it received the first Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, critics and public alike hailed it as a book for all ages. Van Loon recounts history as living news, relating everything in the past to the present. From Western civilization’s earliest times through to the beginning of the twentieth century, he emphasizes the people and events that changed the course of history, writing informally to make world history wonderfully alive and exciting.

Of this book the author writes, “The entrance of America upon the scene of international politics as the most important actor…convinced me that a proper and reasonable understanding of historical cause and effect was the most important factor in the lives of the rising generation. And so my book…treats the entire history of the human race as a single unit…It begins with the dim and hardly understood realm of the earliest past; it can be continued forever.”

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  • “This genuinely enjoyable charmer, for history buffs and the historically challenged alike, covers human history.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Winner of the 1922Newbery Medal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Agraj | 1/19/2014

    " The story of mankind is nice. What I loved about this book was mostly the history of the Greeks. Egyptians, Barbarians, Romans, etc. But the writer made the last few chapters too boring. The world wars were not explained in as much details as I had wished to find. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria | 1/18/2014

    " The author himself admits that some parts work better than others. What an odd choice for a Newbery award! A textbook with voice, reminded me of Professor Callahan (my favorite history professor) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kimberlee | 1/15/2014

    " Can't really say I "read" this book, more like skimmed it thoroughly. Learned a lot, though it was a little overwhelming at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joseph Reyes | 1/14/2014

    " Presenting history with brevity and simplicity, this book is an interesting read, and had me constantly researching each new detail of the book to get more info on that events' history. I can see why this won the Newbery award, and there were tons more kids enthusiastic about reading such material in 1922. Though its accuracy is in question, I think it's a decent enough book to at least get children exposed to the interesting stories of the past. "

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