National Geographic Visual History of the World

National Geographic Visual History of the World

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The world history book to define all others, National Geographic Visual History of the World is a classic in the making. No other volume offers such a comprehensive and richly illustrated chronicle of world events, from the construction of the Pyramids to the overthrow of the Taliban. Readers see how momentous happenings, personalities, catastrophes, discoveries, and inventions unfold in a visually stimulating layout. Four eight-page gatefolds bring to life major events of world history and thousands of paintings, photographs and illustrations depict subjects ranging from the Roman Empire to the Reformation, World War II, to the war in Afghanistan. A timeline at the bottom of every page highlights the most important events, names, and dates of the era, and color-coded cross-referencing helps point readers to other applicable sections. Ideal for people who prefer to flip through books at random, this highly accessible resource contains sidebars on the great religions, influential ideologies, and other topics, as well as biographies of world leaders and notable personalities in the arts and humanities. National Geographic Visual History of the World is an indispensable, impressive, and extravagantly illustrated reference of social, cultural, and military history in one volume. It is a must-have for all families, armchair historians, and serious scholars alike.
Publisher: Washington, DC : National Geographic, c2005.
ISBN: 9780792236955
Characteristics: 656 pages :,illustrations ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: National Geographic Society (U.S.)
Alternative Title: Visual history of the world


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Dec 27, 2019

This is a reference book from all angles, but I made the mistake of actually reading it, as I submitted to the quizzer inside me, and couldn't put the book down. It took almost two months to just glance over every page and read the interesting portions that appealed to me (which was almost every page).

Needless to say, Nat Geo's commitment for clarity and organization of this book is commendable. The story is laid out in chronological order as one would expect, but also spans breadthwise on most occasions, touching boundaries that most History books would generally ignore.

The illustrations were exemplary, all the way from the very beginning of civilization at one end to Space Age at the other. This is the book equivalent of a space-time graph of human civilization. I liked the way the editors kept this book limited to facts, without leaving any room for any biased opinion.

While this book is a sheer treat for the fans of history, geography, evolution of ideas, and quizzers in general, it can seem very lengthy and tedious if you're not any of them.

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