The Story of Mankind

The Story of Mankind The Story of Mankind van Loon s renowned classic originally published in was the winner of the first John Newbery Medal With warmth simplicity and wisdom The Story of Mankind sweeps from the o

  • Title: The Story of Mankind
  • Author: Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • ISBN: 9780871401564
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Story of Mankind, van Loon s renowned classic originally published in 1921 was the winner of the first John Newbery Medal With warmth, simplicity and wisdom, The Story of Mankind sweeps from the origins of human life to contemporary times Drawings and maps.

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    Hendrik Willem van Loon

    Hendrik Willem van Loon January 14, 1882 March 11, 1944 was a Dutch American historian and journalist.Born in Rotterdam, he went to the United States in 1903 to study at Cornell University He was a correspondent during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and in Belgium in 1914 at the start of World War I He later became a professor of history at Cornell University 1915 17 and in 1919 became an American citizen.From the 1910s until his death, Van Loon wrote many books Most widely known among these is The Story of Mankind, a history of the world especially for children, which won the first Newbery Medal in 1922 The book was later updated by Van Loon and has continued to be updated, first by his son and later by other historians.However, he also wrote many other very popular books aimed at young adults As a writer he was known for emphasizing crucial historical events and giving a complete picture of individual characters, as well as the role of the arts in history He also had an informal style which, particularly in The Story of Mankind, included personal anecdotes.

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    • My journey through the Newbery winners begins here with the Story of Mankind. I’ve never been a great book review writer. It’s hard for me to talk about a book without giving too much away, so for these Newbery winners, I think I will stick to a format. I will answer the following questions. What did I like about the book? What did I dislike about the book? Did this book deserve to win the Newbery? Why or why not? What I liked about the book:Imagine that your grandfather was a retired histor [...]

    • We found this in my grandma's basement after she died. I picked it up again at my folks' house, when I was looking for bedtime reading, and I went through it in bits and pieces, over the course of several visits.I went in with an open mind: I always try to love the book I'm reading, but then I always questioned Grandma's taste. This time, I was pleasantly surprised.I skimmed the other reviews on : the most misguided of these claimed that "anyone could have written this book." That's the opposite [...]

    • Anna Smithberger

      (Aug 20, 2019 - 03:53 AM)

      This book is exceptionally Eurocentric, which makes sense for the period in which it was written, but does not excuse the racism and the belief that little of "historic importance" ever came out of the non-western world. I also found the tone extremely patronizing and the many strange asides, quips, and at times laborious rants van Loon would include made me want to throw the book across the room.While the edition I read had been updated to include events branching into the 21st century, and the [...]

    • Newbery Medal: 1922It's amazing that this rambling version, with little significance to some major events of history, was awarded the Newbery Medal. Thankfully, we have some wonderful children's literature today that is worthy of the medal. Hendrick Van Loon attempts to capture The Story of Mankind for his grandchildren and future generations. Too bad the writing is horrible and the words are boring.I struggled with giving this book two stars. I looked back at the books I gave one star to, and t [...]

    • I have finished The Book. Mr. van Loon's Narcoleptic Affect (thanks for that, Jen) notwithstanding, I enjoyed it. Seriously, I have never in my life fallen asleep reading a book as many times as I did this one. I lost count, but am pretty sure it was upwards of 10.That said, I marked a TON of things I wanted to refer back to. We'll see how many make it into this review. Of course, my first thought, about 30 pages into this book was, "exactly who was this book written for?" A bunch of scholars wh [...]

    • It's amazing how bad this book is. It's anti-semitic, condescending to previous generations, hardly filled with fact, but contains lots of opinions and some outright falsities. Loon likes to go on and on about his opinions of people/groups/etc and then skips over major historical events. For example, he opined about the horrible state of people in the middle ages and how it must have been due to their religious beliefs for about 15 pages and then devoted only one sentence to Joan of Arc. During [...]

    • This is a book that belonged to my grandfather, it's the 1947 edition. I fell in love with the illustrations and is probably one of the reasons I love history. I've added 3 photographs of pages with illustrations that took my fancy. The first - of the universe with the sign (Here we Live) at first worried me a little - the vastness OUT THERE but I was very very young at the time. Now it reminds me of something that might come from a Douglas Adams bookrhaps he read Van Loon too. ;)

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    • The Story of Mankind is the 1922 Newbery winner, and the first book to receive the award. It chronicles the history of "mankind" from its single cell origins through the end of World War I. I'm not sure what inspired the Newbery committee to choose a nearly 500 page book with such an ambitious scope, and I really can't see how this book would have gotten children excited about either reading or history. First off, the book is incredibly Eurocentric. There is barely a mention of the world beyond [...]

    • Just to say that in Canada this book will be titled "The Story of Peoplekind"

    • Wow, where to start? This book was originally published in 1921, and covers a very general history of the world up to that time. There were a lot of things that surprised me about it. For one thing, I assumed the author would have different (more "old-fashioned") ideas. I expected some slant, but the direction of the slant was a surprise. The author comes across as what we would probably describe today as fairly liberal. He clearly disagreed with the US's decision to enter WWI; and was not impre [...]

    • I might be a little crazy, but I would like to try to read all the Newbery Medal winning books. There are over 90. I have already read several, but I decided to start at the first medal book for this journey. This book got the award in 1922. I think it is cool that it is a non-fiction book about history. Seeing it was written in 1921, I knew it would only take me to about WW1. What sold me on this book was that it covers the history of man, but in 300 plus pages. I teach where we read a couple o [...]

    • This short(ish) history of the world was well written (and apparently the first ever Caldecott winner?), but had all of the strengths and weaknesses you'd expect from a history book--even a children's history book--written by a Progressive at the beginning of the 20th century. Aside from the treatment of the Middle Ages, the Ancient world, and the Enlightenment, the best example is the contrast between the 1926 postscript, wherein van Loon calls for a strong captain to seize the helm of the ship [...]

    • Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. The Story of Mankind by Hendrik van Loon was awarded the very first Newbery Medal in 1922. I decided a few years ago that I wanted to read and own every Newbery Award Winner. Given that this won the first Newbery, I was excited to read it, even though I had heard some less than favorable things about the writing.Let me first admit that I skimmed a vast majority of this book. I started the book with the full intention of readin [...]

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      (Aug 20, 2019 - 03:53 AM)

      I only got up to page 75 of this 500+ page book Why, well basically there are a lot better books out there to spend my time reading.I feel that if I were an 8-12 year old in 1921 I would have really loved this book. With a school librarian as a mother I'm sure I would have been introduced to it, and I would have lapped it up. I liked how accessable the writing style was (but it is now difficult to determine what the author included as jokes, and what was really believed). The short chapters were [...]

    • The first Newbery award-winner and thus the start of my grand Newbery read/re-read. This one is one of the rare non-fiction Newbery award-winners and one of the longest as well.Basically an attempt to tell all of the world's history in one volume and aimed at young folk. Definitely a failure, but also kind of an unintentional time capsule. It shows what was considered important and unimportant, known and unknown at the time it was written. And the updates added in the back of the book at various [...]

    • As an atheist view of basic Western civilization, and the great men of Europe, it really is not that bad at all, although it is so purely historical it fails largely to engage the issues of the modern reader. But as a story of mankind, as van Loon frequently reminds us that this is, it downright stinks. Van Loon only briefly takes a break from talking about the glories and splendors of Europe to talk about Buddha and Confucius in Asia. Of course, van Loon is a Dutch American, and his bias toward [...]

    • Having recently read this year's Newbery Medal book, I thought it would be interesting to read the winner of the first Newbery (awarded in 1922). I was a bit taken aback to find that it was a 662-page volume of history (what manner of children were these 1920s munchkins?) but I was pleasantly surprised by Van Loon's approach and style, which is clear and straightforward, witty and expressive. Delightful, detailed line drawings accompany the text. Occasionally the author steps away from the chron [...]

    • It took me forever to get through this book, because it basically reads like a textbook, which is fine, but not something I think would ever be appealing to kids in the twenty-first century. I would be SHOCKED if a kid actually willingly picked this up to read it, finished all 600+ pages, and enjoyed it.

    • I've read this book a number of times while preparing to teach world history. Van Loon was a professor of history who decided to make the scope of world history palpable for his grandkids. The book's voice and tone is avuncular and affable. but it is not impartial. Van Loon, an immigrant who made good, love America and her European forefathers.

    • Brutal read, but interesting as an artifact of the prevailing wisdom of its time.

    • This started out very interesting. I liked that this history was written for younger eyes. But it soon devolved into war after war after ward it became incredibly difficult to remain interested, or even optimistic. Reading summaries of all of the world's wars over time really makes you realize how ridiculous and petty it all is. We go to war for the same shit year after year. When will it ever stop? I imagine that a history of mankind that is made up of 50% politics and war would not be very int [...]

    • I’ll say this for the Newbery committee: They did NOT get off to a rollicking start. I’m glad I had a commitment to read this book because without it, there is no way I would have finished this just for fun. It feels bad to start out this way, but I just did not enjoy this book.Now know this: I like history. And he really got me going, for the first half of the book. From primordial soup to humans is glossed over pretty quickly but that didn’t bother me too much as this is a history of hum [...]

    • The Story of Mankind heroically attempts to tell the history of the human race from caveman times to 1922, that being "the present". It succeeds in telling the history of white people, sort of, with a strong anti-religion skew.I had high hopes of this book, because it was acclaimed the first Newbery winner by 163 librarians and has remained in print ever since, being repeatedly updated with chapters on the end - my library's 1980s edition finished with "Looking Toward the Year 2000". And the wri [...]

    • Since time immemorial, humans love stories. Stories are what make scattered, seemingly random events look more connected, purposeful and meaningful. And that's the approach taken by Van Loon. Neither a scholarly analysis of the world at large, nor an academic definition of our mortal lives and strives, the book is supposed to be read as "story," as in the fireside, bedside stories, painted by captivating anecdotes, colorful narratives, and intimate feelings, as they continue to embrace children [...]

    • Cassandra Kay Silva

      (Aug 20, 2019 - 03:53 AM)

      Not to be a snob but this so called "history" could have been written by anybody. Almost everything in the book is common knowledge, and requires little if any referencing. I think that is why it got the original newberry because it would be really accessible to children. I almost threw the book out the window when about three fourths of the way through it he started apologizing for all of the people he left out and offended because he had to take liberties with deciding on subject matter based [...]

    • This is a bit of a monster of children's book to delve into, especially as the first Newbery winner. (It posed as a hard blockade to overcome when I tried to read the Newberies as a child.) Given the subject material, I consider this written decently. There's nothing too heavy, so a child could climb this mountain if they did it in small bits. And maps are always fun. There are certainly better, more thorough ways to learn history, but this isn't an awful summary for what it is. (The author clea [...]

    • Written especially for children, The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon explains in simple words and in a clear form, the history of man. The concept of this book is as pretentious as the title suggests. In the first few chapters, many of the spurious assertions about paleontological matters have been drastically abridged since its first publication in 1921. As the narrative progresses the facts are more stable and relay a short but surprisingly detailed and informative history of the w [...]

    • For centuries mankind has existed, discovered, explored, conquered, exploited. Man’s beginnings may be termed difficult, but due to a knowledge of no other method, may it just be said that life was drastically different. However, tribulations, disasters, and various dastardly acts were all pivotal in shaping this world as we now know it.Van Loon’s book is quite an interesting one, beginning with an introduction to our earliest ancestors, he chronicles man’s developmental journey in his own [...]

    • Ugh. It's done. There were parts I was interested in - thus two stars instead of one - but more parts I simply skimmed through. It floors me that this was one - the most distinguished children's book of 1921 and two - a book written for children, period. My favorite sentence was from page 228, "Again I wish I could make this book a thousand pages long." Seriously? As I said on Twitter, I would not pass a test on this one. I read to about page 250 really seriously, reading and thinking deeply. Af [...]

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