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History: The Definitive Visual Guide - From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day [Hardcover]

Adam Hart-Davis , Lindbriar Corporation , Richard Overy , J.A.G Roberts , Ian Harrison , Ann Kay , James Harrison , Rupert Matthews , Thomas Cussans , Simon Adams , Natalie Sirett , Sally Regan
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27 July 2010

The definitive, 4.4 million year-old story of human history

From the origins of mankind to the 21st century, spanning the globe and based on the latest research, the complete story of the people, events, themes, ideas and forces that have shaped human existence.

Find out about our history’s turning points: eye witness accounts and biographies give a personal angle to major events. Explore humankind’s legacy from architecture and artefacts to the big ideas that have changed our world. Examine the effect we’ve had on nature and vice versa. And discover how the past has been unlocked: from interpreting ancient documents to analysing ice cores.

A compelling look at human existence: perfect for the family bookshelf.

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  • Hardcover: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Compact edition (2010) edition (27 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405359331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405359337
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the sheer range of information and its vivid presentation add up to a triumph." -- The Times, September 22, 2007

"A remarkable new book" -- The Times, September 22, 2007 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and incredibly interesting 28 Oct 2008
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This book is just what you need if you have an interest in the . . interesting bits . . of history. It's FULL of really beautiful imagery and makes you wonder how they crammed so much written information in with all of the pictures.

The book is designed in spreads - so each double page spread is a specific period in history. In other words, you can dip in and out of this book as you like and there is no need to read it from front to back. It starts with 6 million year old skulls - just to let you know how much history is involved here.

The book is pretty weighty - and about the length/width of a laptop. The front cover is horrible compared to what's inside. I'm not a heavy reader myself but find this book very easy to read - and enjoyable!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Another Weasley VINE VOICE
I didn't study history at school, I was more into science yet I have always been fascinated by the subject and I do think it is important to have some knowledge of history. I wanted a book that I would be able to flick through and learn about major events from all over the world. I noticed this book and decided to get it as it seemed to cover everything I wanted.

The book is fantastic!! Filled with useful facts and trivia it details history from the dawn of civilization to the present day - in other words, it does exactly what it says on the tin!

It is split into 7 main sections, and each section covers the main events of that time period as well as the major historical characters involved. Each section is filled with photographs, maps, diagrams and timelines all of which allow a detailed view of the point being explained. The seven sections are : -

1. Origins (4.5 MYA - 3000 BCE)
2. Rulers and Hierarchies (3000 - 700 BCE)
3. Thinkers and Believers (700 BCE - 600 CE)
4. Warriers, Travellers, & Inventors (600 - 1450)
5. Renaissance & Reformaiton (1450 - 1750)
6. Industry & Revolution (1750 - 1914)
7. Population & Power (1914 - present)

The last 100 or so pages of the book focus on National Histories, which looks at the individual histories of the world's 193 countries. It is more of a bullet point format of important years in a country's history. I find this section fascinating as it covers countries that would otherwise be overlooked when comparing them in the world's history. Often there is not much on the history of the smaller countries and it is only a few details on the last century but it is still interesting to see some of the major events countries have had to deal with.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History 3 Jan 2009
In 'History' you have a beautifully presented overview of world history in a large coffee table book format. The photography and illustrations are superb and this manages to cover a wide range of periods and locations from around the world within its pages. There are plenty of timelines to introduce each section, as well as a detailed country by country breakdown of key events at the back. This also has double page spreads to focus on key figures and events from history, like Martin Luther King and 911 to name but two as example. As you would expect in a book and theme of this scope, the various topics are very brief and this only serves as an introduction to any given topic for you to then pursue in greater depth if you so wish. This is very much one to dip in and out of and makes for fascinating reading in an attractive and well laid out format. A worthy addition to any reference bookshelf.

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From an actual reader 23 Nov 2007
By hilaauk
History: The Definitive Visual Guide
I had the luck to buy from an "bricks and mortar" seller and can say, in my opinion, the book is as good as the reviews above suggest it.

It covers a wide range of civilisations (including Asian, African, South American and lesser-known Indian ones) in a concise and clear manner. It covers the salient points in a clear and engaging manner, makes you want to know more and places each civilisation in geographical, topological and cultural context.

Although offering an overview of every civilisation, it is more a taster book than a detailed study of any civilisation. Great starting point for an overview of civilisation and their roles in history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 22 Mar 2011
I'm very happy for ordering this book.
Even I order it from Macedonia the book was here in 5 days, all new and in great condition.

A lot of pages all in colors with platy of illustration. Information for everyone.
This is book that everyone should have in his/her library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK 16 Nov 2009
This book is a great starter for all ages with its info and the illustrations are great. The history bit at the back provides the key historic happenings of all countries. The timeline for the important people is descriptive and useful. A must for children EVERYWHERE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely THE Definitive Guide to History... 12 April 2012
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When I first saw the DK logo on the book cover, my heart sank...We are all familiar with the logo on the most basic books on history per subject. However, when I opened the cover and took my first glimpse through- I was thrilled. All of history opens before your eyes, in a nice time line format.Everything from warfare, medicine, famous Kings, Queens, writing, inventions, religions...the list goes on. The photography is brilliant! Being an Art Historian I appreciate the value of a well presented work- this is it.
If you need to own just one book on history from the dawn of mankind to the present, get this..You will not be disappointed. This is great for everyone from young students, right up to scholars who may need a brush up on a particular area of history they are not as familiar with.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The book has not ariived.
I cannot say anything. I did not get the book. Can I get my money back somehow??? I hope they try to send it again to me.
Published 1 month ago by NagyImre
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Fantastic book with a wide variety of historical events, it even inlcudes historical dates that I didn't think the author would have put in :)
Published 7 months ago by Cherry_blossom
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
A fabulous book to have on the shelf. It shows a real insite into the past. It is a very good book. Lots of pictures and description. A real treasure.
Published 9 months ago by E. C. Powell
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Published 17 months ago by Mr Eamon Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I bought this for my husband who loves history great product excellent quality I can not fault the suppler very happy with compete service
Published 17 months ago by watchdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Fantastic read, this book is very well put together with great illustrations and text. so glad i bought it and its well worth the price
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by Lionel
4.0 out of 5 stars good
great illustrations good for dipping in for a quick information sticks to the basic but then again it is 50000 odd years so obviously theres a page space issue lol spot on for the... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by sharp shane
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant
Great book for non-history buffs like me. Got this book for christmas last year and love dipping into it now and then to learn more about historical events. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by Andy R
5.0 out of 5 stars Is very niiiice
It is luscious and lovely. It is very eductaional and very sexy yes? No? We? Yes!
Published on 25 Jun 2010 by Sean Moran
1.0 out of 5 stars Accuracy NIL for a start.
On page 22 it states CO(superscript 2) is carbon dioxide. WRONG. Should be CO (subscript 2). Similarly INCORRECT methane CH(superscript 4) WRONG. Should be CH(subscript 4). Read more
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