National Geographic Essential Visual History of the World (National Geographic)

By Geographic, National

Publishers Summary:
From the dawn of civilization to the first decade of the 21st century, this straightforwardly written, superbly accessible reference distills the concentrated essence of world history into a single compact, 544-page volume that fits in the palm of your hand. Featuring more than 1,000 illustrations, it's a book as vivid as it is definitive, with an innovative design that invites readers to envision the human epic from a wide variety of revealing perspectives.Here are history's greatest moments presented in self-contained, interactive spreads organized by epochal themes and cross-referenced to offer an in-depth and multi-dimensional view of major world events. The book is organized into eight fundamental eras from prehistory to the present day, with a timeline detailing each section and fascinating sidebars throughout which explore the full scope of the human experience. The illustrations offer a constant, vibrant counterpoint, carefully selected not only to complement the text and depict its important events and personalities, but also to provide the visual excitement that helps turn a wealth of informative facts into an irresistibly fascinating adventure.A casual browser's delight yet authoritative and wide-ranging enough to engage lifelong history buffs or enlighten students in search of a panoramic overview, this amazingly affordable book is truly what its title describes: essential.

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ISBN
978-1-42620-091-5
Publisher
National Geographic


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Reviewed on September 1, 2007

National Geographic has used the same illustration-rich concept for this small-format (16"� 6.7"� 5.1") volume as for its largerNational Geographic Visual History of the World (2005), although it claims this work is all new. The text is divided into eight sections, or epochs-"Prehistory," "First Empires," "Ancient World," "Middle Ages," "Early Modern History," "Modern History," "The World Wars and the Interwar Period," and "Contemporary World"-each of which opens with a double-page introduction. Every topic is covered in a double-page layout, although some topics (e.g., ancient Egypt; Napol�on) have been subdivided to giv...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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