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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New Edition edition (19 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030014332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300143324
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 204 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Imagine the full story of human habitation on our planet being told in such flowing prose that you want to read it out loud. If you can''t imagine that, read "A Little History of the World "and experience it!"--Patricia S. Schroeder, President & CEO of the Association of American Publishers and Former U.S. Representative from Colorado
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"Magical, transporting. . . . A children''s history that adults will want to sneak off with and read on the sly."-VeryShortList.com

N -- Best Book of the Year Selection "Los Angeles Times" (01/01/2005)

"Brilliant, irresistible: a wonderful surprise." -- Philip Pullman "Philip Pullman"

"Brilliant, irresistible: a wonderful surprise."Philip Pullman -- Philip Pullman "Philip Pullman"

"Christmas gift of the year is surely . . . A Little History of the World. This is a magical work for children. . . . Perfect for bedrime reading." -- John Banville "Irish Times"

"His enthusiasm for his subject is irresistible... With Gombrich's Little History, at last available in English there will be many generations of future historians who will attribute to it their lifelong passion for history - and for truth." -- Lisa Jardine "The Times" (09/13/2005)

"Though written for kids, this is a book the whole family will love."--Christy Karras, "Salt Lake Tribune" (Best Books of 2005)
--Christy Karras "Salt Lake Tribune "

.".. the main body of the book retains an irresistible, boyish energy and enthusiasm... Here, in this little book, are answers to many of the questions you never dared to ask."--Margaret Drabble, "New Statesman"
--Margaret Drabble"New Statesman" (11/25/2005)

"In simple, vivid prose, Gombrich surveys the human past from pre-history to his own time. . . . Lucky children will have this book read to them. Intelligent adults will read it for themselves and regain contact with the spirit of European humanism at its best."--Anthony Grafton, "Wall Street Journal"
--Anthony Grafton "Wall Street Journal "

"Gombrich accomplishes what many university-level Western Civilization classes cannot--a riveting account of events that shaped the world from the Stone Age to the 1930s, illustrating the relevance of history to current events. Teachers and schools should add this to their reading lists."--Claire Martin, "The Denver Post"

--Claire Martin"The Denver Post" (10/01/2008)

"A remarkable book, written in an amiable, conversational style, effortlessly explaining, without condescension, difficult matters like the achievements of Charlemagne, the monetary system of medieval Europe and the ideas of the Enlightenment. . . . This resurrected history deserves reading for all its delights."--Edward Rothstein, "New York Times"
--Edward Rothstein "New York Times "

"A masterpiece of nonfiction writing for children. It is a wry and charming book, perfectly suited to the capacities of a 10-year-old, but also remarkably free of condescension. An adult can read it with pleasure. And, indeed, with instruction."--Scott McLemee, "Newsday
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--Scott McLemee "Newsday "

.".. ostensibly a book for children, designed to present a chronology of world history, but it''s a delight for all ages. The pages sparkle with the learned author''s wit and wisdom - and reading them, one feels as if Gombrich, one of the greatest ever art historians, is guiding one through time with a grandfatherly gleam in his eye."---;i>The Observer"
--Ben Schott"The Observer" (12/12/2005)

''...an enduring joy... We have no shortage of historians eager to tell us what was important in the past and why; but few of them dare speak straight to the imagination of young people, to open their minds and to enrich their vision in the manner that Gombrich achieves so effortlessly here.'' -;i>Times Higher Education Supplement"
--Peter Furtado"Times Higher Education Supplement" (03/10/2006)

"A beautifully concise volume [that] will remind readers of any age that the past 5,000 years have been one big slugfest between darkness and enlightenment, unreason and reason."--Mary Ann Gwinn, "Seattle Times"--Mary Ann Gwinn"Seattle Times" (10/23/2008)

"It is history to read aloud, on a cold evening, preferably by a fire."--Susan Salter Reynolds, "Los Angeles"" Times"
--Susan Salter Reynolds"Los Angeles Times" (10/01/2008)

'What was the bestselling title this Christmas at Foyles in London? Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning "Wolf Hall"? Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"? Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"? Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol"? No. It was EH Gombrich's "A Little History of the World.'"
--Mark Sanderson"The Sunday Telegraph" (01/17/2010)

"A brilliant piece of narrative, splendidly organised, told with an energy and confidence that are enormously attractive, and suffused with all the humanity and generosity of spirit that Gombrich's thousands of admirers came to cherish during his long and richly productive life. It's a wonderful surprise: irresistible, in fact."--Philip Pullman

"Imagine the full story of human habitation on our planet being told in such flowing prose that you want to read it out loud. If you can't imagine that, read A Little History of the World and experience it!"--Patricia S. Schroeder, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers and Former U.S. Representative from Colorado

"A remarkable book, written in an amiable, conversational style, effortlessly explaining, without condescension, difficult matters like the achievements of Charlemagne, the monetary system of medieval Europe and the ideas of the Enlightenment. . . . This resurrected history deserves reading for all its delights."--Edward Rothstein, New York Times

"In simple, vivid prose, Gombrich surveys the human past from pre-history to his own time. . . . Lucky children will have this book read to them. Intelligent adults will read it for themselves and regain contact with the spirit of European humanism at its best."--Anthony Grafton, Wall Street Journal

." . . a marvellous antidote to history without chronology: the whole experience of human history, from prehistory to the Second World War, compressed into a flowing narrative. . . . [Gombrich] excels in creating a sense of the continuities of history - the ways in which human nature has not budged over the millennium, and the smallness of the differences between people. A delight."--Daily Telegraph

"Gombrich knows precisely how to converse with his audience, intelligent children between nine and thirteen. He uses powerful imagery to convey the sheer length of time that separates us from the dinosaurs."--Andrew Roberts, FT Magazine

"Gombrich opens with the most magical definition of history I have ever read. . . . Tolerance, reason and humanity . . . suffuse every page of the Little History."--Amanda Vickery, Guardian Review

"This 'little history' has aged amazingly well."--New York Times Book Review

"The book is intellectually valuable, and unusual; rather than breaking history into eras or artificial categories. . . . Gombrich contextualizes them all and gives the vast unfolding of the Western world one wise, simple narrative. . . . For adults, it is full of delightful reminders as well as forgotten or never-known tidbits. As for younger readers . . . [the book] is a treasure for them."--Katie Haegele, Philadelphia Inquirer

"So sharp was Gombrich's intelligence and so lively his pen that it can be appreciated as much as literature as history. . . . There is not one of the 39 short chapters that is not enlivened by a sharp insight or arresting image."--Tim Blanning, Sunday Telegraph

"A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich is a bedtime treat to share with my two children and proof that brilliance and perspicacity needn't be stuffy."--Times

." . . a wonderful counterbalance to our entertaining cartoon kinder-staple, the Horrible Histories. . . . Gombrich proves that the search for a grander truth can for younger readers, be as engrossing as Horrible's farts, gore and ghouls."--Bettany Hughes, Times

"His enthusiasm for his subject is irresistible. . . . With Gombrich's Little History, at last available in English, there will be many generations of future historians who will attribute to it their lifelong passion for history - and for truth."--Lisa Jardine, Times

." . . an enduring joy. . . . We have no shortage of historians eager to tell us what was important in the past and why; but few of them dare speak straight to the imagination of young people, to open their minds and to enrich their vision in the manner that Gombrich achieves so effortlessly here."--Peter Furtado, Times Higher Education Supplement

"I am going to buy ten copies of this book and give it to my ten favourite children . . . this is a book which teaches what it is to be civilised by its very tone, which is one of gentleness, curiosity and erudition."--A.N. Wilson, Times Literary Supplement

"Lucky children will have this book read to them. Intelligent adults will read it for themselves and regain contact with the spirit of European humanism at its best."--Wall Street Journal (Europe)

"What was the bestselling title this Christmas at Foyles in London? Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall? Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? Cormac McCarthy's The Road? Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol? No. It was EH Gombrich's A Little History of the World."--Mark Sanderson, Sunday Telegraph

"A brilliant piece of narrative, splendidly organised, told with an energy and confidence that are enormously attractive, and suffused with all the humanity and generosity of spirit that Gombrich's thousands of admirers came to cherish during his long and richly productive life. It's a wonderful surprise: irresistible, in fact."--Philip Pullman

"Imagine the full story of human habitation on our planet being told in such flowing prose that you want to read it out loud. If you can't imagine that, read A Little History of the World and experience it!"--Patricia S. Schroeder, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers and Former U.S. Representative from Colorado

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"I love the new translation of Gombrich's classic history for children. Both entertaining and informative, it makes perfect bedtime reading."

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