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A History of the World by [Marr, Andrew]
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"As the book of the BBC films, it is televisual, yet done with journalistic panache." --The Times

"It is a wonderful book. The series is nothing special. But the book is and is startlingly different; here Marr's writing and his control of the material are remarkable. It should be required reading for all students of history, even more so for those who teach it in universities." --Spectator

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From the earliest civilizations to the twenty-first century, Andrew Marr's A History of the World is a compelling global journey through human history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9957 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Reprints edition (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023075595X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230755956
  • ASIN: B00967X88E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 221 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Written through the eyes of a journalist, it goes through mankind history from hunting groups to making of cities and countries, religion and science influence in the evolution of the world, and also going forward, what challenges can we foresee ahead, global warming for instance. It's gives a broad understanding of how the history of the world unfolded, focusing on key events. It may feel some of the presented facts are highly debatable and the author's own interpretation, but still a very readable work, and one to ponder upon.
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This is a well crafted journey thorough humanities existence to date. If reads like a book rather than a long winded diary, which is no mean feat, and a credit to the author.
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A fascinating, instructive and long book. Concentrating on the personalities of history loses some of the context and says less about popular movements. Some people and events seem to flash by too quickly. The notes and references for further reading are excellent. I'll be buying more from this very capable and knowledgable man.
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To cover such a vast topic consicely and to keep the reader involved takes a highly skilled writer. I feel like I have a much clearer view of the world and how my life fits into such a huge melange.
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Very interesting history of the world.
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I really enjoyed this book. As Andrew mentions in the preface, it is a near impossible task to summarise history, so to make this work readable an elitists view of history has to be taken so we cover the major events. This means something dear to you may not be covered or not covered in a great amount of detail, this is a natural consequence of the format.

Andrew does not confess his presuppositions, worldview and biases so I should warn you that he has a strict naturalist presupposition and interprets history, human origins, behaviour and the way the world works through those explicitly materialistic glasses.

I, and the majority of the world's population hold a wider super-naturalist presupposition or worldview and my particular starting point as a Christian is defined by an epistemological position that sees truth as comprising both the natural and spiritual world as revealed in the bible.

That said, Andrews presentation is fair, broad (given the format), funny, entertaining and has lots of historical and life lesson for us as individuals and as a group. Our difference regarding man's origin, God, Christ etc did not take away from the work and if anything it served to educate me on the position of a fair minded naturalist might take on these subjects.

I've always enjoyed Andrews documentaries on the BBC and look forward to more work form him.

So, presuppositions in mind, it's worth the read :)
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Still reading it, but enjoyed so far. Brilliant writer who cleverly keeps making clear references to modern day issues and how they are reflected in ancient history.
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