A Brief History of Mankind



A Brief History of Mankind From The Stone Age To The Space Age An Entertaining Journey Through Our Own Story That Asks Not Just How We Got Here, But Also, Where Are We Going In This Thrilling Introduction To The Big Ideas In History Combining The Latest Research In History And Archaeology, Aydon Tells The Story Of Our Species From Our Origin In Africa To The Development Of Technology, Detailing The Rise Of Nations And Empires, And The Evolution Of Culture From Cave Painting To The Internet Packed With Fascinating Facts And Insights, The Book Also Looks To The Future And Asks If The Crisis Of Climate Change Is One Challenge Too Far For Humans.

10 thoughts on “A Brief History of Mankind

  1. says:

    Takes us from pre human history to just before the 2008 Crash how Aydon must have cursed cruel Fate ending with what seemed then The Irish Miracle Lucid and splendidly opinionated A huge subject deftly handled.

  2. says:

    I finally managed to finish a book It wasn t the book s fault that it took me so long to read.I really enjoyed this book The reason is because it gives an overview of history, starting 150,000 years ago, in broad strokes As the back of the book says it gives history not as a series of names and dates but as developments that have shaped the lives of human beings around the globe And I like my history in this way, big, broad sweeps that I canor less remember.I also liked how th I finally managed to finish a book It wasn t the book s fault that it took me so long to read.I really enjoyed this book The reason is because it gives an overview of history, starting 150,000 years ago, in broad strokes As the back of the book says it gives history not as a series of names and dates but as developments that have shaped the lives of human beings around the globe And I like my history in this way, big, broad sweeps that I canor less remember.I also liked how the author took those big developments, especially the ones that happened early like the Bronze Age or the Iron Age and helped me understand just how much work went into these developments and how they effected ordinary people Plus how the effect spread i...

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  4. says:

    I couldn t get to the library today so I scrounged around in my closet for something to read This world history in 320 pages was something I was willing to try Some 700 page books are on a single decade in a single country a world history in 320 pages is a ridiculously small space for the topic I should have spent the short time reading it on something else The author isn t bad and there is nothing outrageous about the narrative save its brevity so I don t have much to complain about I just I couldn t get to the library today so I scrounged around in my closet for something to read This world history in 3...

  5. says:

    When I first picked up this work, it had potential Granted, to try and have a single volume cover the whole history of mankind is probably not a realistic goal, but it showed some promise of covering some key eras, locations Yet, especially towards the end, there appeared so...

  6. says:

    A decent read, but not really what I was looking for It gave the impression it was a book on the mindset attitude zeitgeist etc of mankind in a certain age in time, aorganic free flowing book on changes in perception of the world we humans inhabit what it is, is a history book, not a bad one, but...

  7. says:

    The four stars instead of three is not due to the content itself, because attempting to summarize thousands of years of history in 360 pages is nothing short of ludicrous, but because of the point of view which refrains from glossed over stereotype history book lessons A recommendable book as b...

  8. says:

    The Story of Man in just 425 pages It was a nice broad brush 10,000 foot level history until on page 363 the author writes that Adolf Hitler committed suicide in January of 1945 A massive historical mistake It wrecked the entire book ...

  9. says:

    This is a concise summary of 150, 000 years of human history Aydon takes us from the ice age right up until the internet age Her style is effortless and never dry Good for fans of brief histories or anyone wishing for an accessible overview of world wars, agricultural revolutions and n...

  10. says:

    I thought this was fantastic, but thats because im a fan of history being told in the wider sense He does a fantastic job of cutting out the boring bits and focusing on what was the route cause of broader changes Though it did take me 3 years or so to get around to finishing it.

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