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5.0 out of 5 stars Gonick does it again!, 1 Mar 2003
This review is from: The Cartoon History of the Universe III: From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissance (Cartoon History of the Earth) (Paperback)
After being an avid fan of the first two books, I waited what seemed to be forever (8 years!) to get my hands on the third volume of the 'Cartoon History of the Universe' series. I picked up the book and just kept reading. The content is as funny as ever and the historical facts are researched with great precision. Gonick not only protrays the environment accurately through pictures, but also by not drawing some elements that shouldn't be drawn (the Prophet Muhammad, for instance). If you've read ANY of the previous volumes, this is a must get, just so you can extinguish your thirst of Gonick's masterful touch. The book gives the basics on arabian and central asian history as well as the origin of the central europeans. The book also includes an index for refrence. Just can't wait for volume 4 (the Americas)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 24 Aug 2010
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c s a webster (sheffield, yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Cartoon History of the Universe III: From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissance (Cartoon History of the Earth) (Paperback)
Sometimes a thick book about history can be a drag but with The Cartoon History you can get what you need to understand the times, the politics and the people in an easy to read format while still getting a fair amount of detail. The artwork is excellent, the writing is perfect and the handling of religious history is spot on. No western bias and based on science and historical facts. Genius
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5.0 out of 5 stars More from the best history 'textbook' series you'll ever read, 16 Aug 2010
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Mark Poles (Cornwall, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cartoon History of the Universe III: From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissance (Cartoon History of the Earth) (Paperback)
The trouble with history teaching in schools, especially nowadays, is it is too deep and not wide enough. So you'll learn for example all about the industrial revolution in Shropshire in the 18th century and nothing aboout what was going on in other parts of the world at the same time, or what happened thousands of years previously.

What Larry Gonick's series does is provide the width. If your history knowledge is basic, you'll learn a lot, very quickly. If your history knowledge goes to PhD level, you'll still learn a lot because these books will fill in the gaps for you. If you're in the first category you'll love the humour and how easy these books are to read. If you're in the latter category, you'll be impressed that the back of each book contains a proper bibliography.

Hugely impressive. Very readable.
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