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History: The Definitive Visual Guide - From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day Hardcover – Jul 27 2010


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  • Hardcover: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; Compact edition (2010) edition (July 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405359331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405359337
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 4 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,163,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[T]he book excels in by telling well-chosen stories in simple, illustrated form, always offering enough depth of information to satisfy the curious." – DigitalInsider.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Adam Hart Davis has worked and presented on major TV series including Local Heroes, Top Ten Treasures, Tomorrow's World, What The Stuarts Did For Us, What The Victorians Did For Us, What The Romans Did For Us, and recently What The Ancients Did For Us. He lives in the West of England.

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By dice on June 9 2012
Format: Hardcover
Being an university student studying the world of politics I found it imperative that I earn mastery of the study of history. So I did not hesitate purchasing this book. Growing up I often read books published by DK so I relished the idea of purchasing one in more modern times.

Generally I was not disappointed. My knowledge of history is quite specific to certain events. This put more things in context. However it's rather general. If you want specific information of events you'll have to specialize. The graphics of this book make it easier to remember things then just dry text.

I do have some complainants to levy against this book however. The first is already addressed and that is the general nature of the book. Some topics or events are too glossed over. My second grievance against the book is the fact they totally omitted the war of 1812. As far as I looked I did not see a single instance of this war. Of course in the United Kingdom this war is immensely overshadowed by the Napoleonic wars. This war is important for the United States and highly is remembered in Canada. (The star spangled banner was written during this war and the names of Brock and Tecumseh are highly remembered in Canada)The fact that it is totally omitted is baffling. It makes me wonder what other events are omitted as well. Obviously I did not purchase this book exclusively to study the war of 1812, but I am just surprised it is omitted.

My grievances aside, I recommend this to anyone who wants a basic understanding of history.
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This book makes a great gift. It is very informative, interesting, with great pictures and once picked up is very hard to put down. Anyone with an interest in history should enjoy this book.
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113 of 121 people found the following review helpful
A must have book for anyone fascinated by History Oct. 26 2007
By Duke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. It starts with a chapter titled Our Remote Ancestors about how humans evolved and ends with a chapter titled Shrinking World about developments in communication and technology and how they have changed the world. The book is big. 12 x 10.5 x 1.75. It is full of pictures. This book reminds me of the wonderful travel guide books that DK publishes. History is a guidebook to the history of the human race. There are hundreds of wonderful pictures, maps, timelines and charts. This is a book that viscerally appeals to me. Since it arrived I have enjoyed opening it and browsing at every opportunity.

The other thing that I love about this book is that it allows me to find answers to the random historical questions that often come up when I am traveling, reading the newspaper or watching historical fiction on TV. I have three examples of this.

A recent visit to the ancient bristle cone pines made me want to understand more about ancient civilizations and human migrations. History: The Definitive Visual Guide allowed me to satisfy my curiosity.

History: The Definitive Visual Guide helps me to understand the historical backgrounds of the presidential biographies I have been reading.

A waitress recently told us she was from Moldova. I knew almost nothing about Moldova. One of the nice features of History: The Definitive Visual Guide is that it has a 110 page section that traces the individual histories of the world's 193 countries. When we got home I read up on the history of Moldova.

In my opinion History: The Definitive Visual Guide is a must have for anyone who is fascinated by history. I highly recommend this book. It would make a great Christmas present!
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book, useful resource, fun for the whole family Dec 16 2007
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
DK does for history what it has previously done for the universe, the earth, animals, and humans in gorgeously-illustrated large-format "visual guides" entitled, logically enough, "Universe," "Earth," "Animal," and "Human." Each book in the series is as comprehensive as possible, though of course none of them can be as endlessly expansive as the enormous subjects they tackle. But they do a wonderful job of categorizing knowledge and related fields, including copious detail, and inspiring curiosity and wonder.

"History" will not replace standard textbooks on specific historical eras or regions of the world, but it serves as an excellent general introduction, particularly for those who might otherwise be turned off by the subject of history. It starts with the origin of our species, its spread throughout the globe, and prehistoric developments that ensured our survival. Early and classical civilzations are covered next, followed by the Dark and Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment, and finally the Industrial Revolution and the Modern Age. A lengthy appendix concludes the book with brief timelines for all of the world's nations.

Numerous maps, links, and period documents are included. There are special two-page features on such leaders as Rameses II, Alexander, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Ganghis Khan, Elizabeth I, Louis XIV, Napoleon, Lincoln, Victoria, Stalin, Hitler, and JFK, along with photo features on Egyptian, Celtic, Islamic, and Native Amerian artifacts, personalities like Columbus, Leonardo, Marx, and Einstein, decisive events like the Battle of Stalingrad, D-Day, the bombing of Hiroshima, 9/11, and many others. Recommended.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Meet my new best friend! June 10 2008
By J. Arena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is visually stunning, endlessly entertaining and educational, and explores history through every imaginable angle, holding it up to the clear light of academic exploration. You can read it from cover to cover, flip through it for quick, factual insights, or explore some area for specialized focus.

It is so well done, that it will (I guarantee) hold inexhaustable fascination for you and everyone in your household. Where did we come from and where are we going? Find your answers here.

Perfection! I adore it.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Why did they do it??? Sept. 18 2009
By Joan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a pleasure to look at. I'm reminded of a combination of Life Magazine and National Geographic. Its got that visual quality to it. I'll let all the other reviews describe the other good stuff rather than be repetitive.

I have one concern and that is the text legibility. I wish to pass on to the publishers to please consider making the text larger even if it requires that some of the pictures be a little smaller. Also background images obscure the readability of the text. Some people actually do want to read the book and some of the text is a challenge for me to read because of the size of the print or the fact that the legibility is obscured by a background image.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful History Aug. 10 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love DK books in general,and this book does not disappoint. The pictures and text compliment each other very well. It was a pleasure to read this well written and beautifully illustrated book. My only complaint is that my first edition book needed some editing. Several dates were off by years, but I found it to be 99% accurate.

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