The world history book to define all others, National Geographic Visual History of the World is a classic in the making. No other volume offers such a comprehensive and richly illustrated chronicle of world events, from the construction of the Pyramids to the overthrow of the Taliban. Readers see how momentous happenings, personalities, catastrophes, discoveries, and inventions unfold in a visually stimulating layout. Four eight-page gatefolds bring to life major events of world history and thousands of paintings, photographs and illustrations depict subjects ranging from the Roman Empire to the Reformation, World War II, to the war in Afghanistan. A timeline at the bottom of every page highlights the most important events, names, and dates of the era, and color-coded cross-referencing helps point readers to other applicable sections. Ideal for people who prefer to flip through books at random, this highly accessible resource contains sidebars on the great religions, influential ideologies, and other topics, as well as biographies of world leaders and notable personalities in the arts and humanities.
National Geographic Visual History of the World is an indispensable, impressive, and extravagantly illustrated reference of social, cultural, and military history in one volume. It is a must-have for all families, armchair historians, and serious scholars alike.
By The Spinozanator "Spinozanator" - November 7, 2005
I've always been a big fan of National Geographics and this comprehensive volume of world history doesn't disappoint. Complete with spectacular photography, the author includes written highlights on each page, covering events from the beginning of history to current times.
A color coded cross-referencing system allows the reader to stay on topic, but it's thrilling to just browse in this magnificent book. Open the 600-plus page volume to any page and learn while being entertained about things you vaguely remember from history class, complete with world famous paintings, illustrations, and biographies.
Brinkley is a history professor who must have agonized over what to include in this obvious labor of love. Highly recommended - would not collect dust on your coffee table.
By History Buff - November 13, 2005
I was so excited when I saw that this book was for sale, and I was even more excited to find that it was a work by the National Geographic Society. They have truly outdone themselves, combining various people, places, and artworks into a readable text concerning numerous facets of world history. This is NOT a western-obsessed book; there are plenty of representations of Middle-Eastern, African, and Asian history.
If the original pictures are in color, then they are VIBRANTLY portrayed as such; there are no petty black and white substitutions (unless of course they were created in black and white). The pages are glossy, relatively heavy, and well bound.
The text is probably the worst feature of the book. It is not, in any mindset, for a scholar, but that is beside the point, because this book's focus evidently lies in photos and images.
Another great feature of the book is how it is organized. There are several fold out components, as well as... read more
informatie and pleasing to read
By Pei Kang "Author of Legacy of Fire and Wind: ... - October 17, 2006
This was an in-depth look at our world history and written in an easy fashion.
The pictures were well rendered and I loved the stuff written on the early cultures (the byzantine empire, etc).
However, I was a little disappointed on the all-too brief pages written on Asian history. Asia has over 12,000 years of history combined (if you include India, Japan, China, Korea and the Islamic worlds etc). and the authors/editors decide to skim it with only 15 pages or so?
That's not quite a complete view of the world, if you ask me....
There's plenty of focus on the European eras (all of them) and not enough on the Asian ones.
Still an excellent read though; and for any student of history (or needing a paper done in minutes) this is definitely the book to use!
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