A History of the World in 100 Objects Pdf

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Number of page: 613
Author: Neil MacGregor
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, 2011
ISBN: 9781101545300
Category: Antiquities

“An enthralling and profoundly humane book that every civilized person should read.” –The Wall Street Journal The blockbuster New York Times bestseller and the companion volume to the wildly popular radio seriesWhen did people first start to wear jewelry or play music
When were cows domesticated, and why do we feed their milk to our children
Where were the first cities, and what made them succeed
Who developed math–or invented money
The history of humanity is one of invention and innovation, as we have continually created new things to use, to admire, or leave our mark on the world. In this groundbreaking book, Neil MacGregor turns to objects that previous civilizations have left behind to paint a portrait of mankind’s evolution, focusing on unexpected turning points.  Beginning with a chopping tool from the Olduvai Gorge in Africa and ending with a recent innovation that is transforming the way we power our world, he urges us to see history as a kaleidoscope–shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising. A landmark bestseller, A History of the World in 100 Objects is one f the most unusual and engrossing history books to be published in years.  “None could have imagined quite how the radio series would permeate the national consciousness. Well over 12.5 million podcasts have been downloaded since the first programme and more than 550 museums around Britain have launched similar series featuring local history. . . . MacGregor’s voice comes through as distinctively as it did on radio and his arguments about the interconnectedness of disparate societies through the ages are all the stronger for the detail afforded by extra space. A book to savour and start over.”—The EconomistFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

About The Author

Neil MacGregor has blazed an unusual path to international renown. As director of the British Museum, he organized an exhibit that aimed to tell the history of humanity through the stories of one hundred objects made, used, venerated, or discarded by man. The exhibit and its accompanying BBC radio series broke broadcasting records and MacGregor’s book became a bestselling sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. He is also the author of Shakespeare’s Restless World.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • tess_schoolmarmtess_schoolmarm
    LibraryThing Review If anybody could kill one’s love for history, this is the guy! So dry!
  • Lizbeth978Lizbeth978
    LibraryThing Review This is an absolutely fascinating (and beautiful!) book. Really – it is public archaeology at its best.
  • SullywriterSullywriter
    LibraryThing Review A beautifully designed and illustrated, endlessly fascinating tour of human civilization from its beginning to now through artifacts from all over the world. Insightful, completely engaging, and filled with many surprises.
  • maniccook1maniccook1
    Fascinating read! This is a fascinating lens through which to view the history of the world and the story is well told by the director of the British Museum. Its a great treat for yourself or a friend my copy went into the guest room once I was finished and has already been enjoyed by several visitors.
  • bostonian71bostonian71
    LibraryThing Review Fantastic resource for anyone who loves history, culture and/or museums. Even though the title reads *A* history, it could’ve been called *The* history, given the sheer breadth of the themes and
  • murderbydeathmurderbydeath
    LibraryThing Review Wow, this book took awhile for me to get through. So much interesting information that I had to read only a few sections per sitting if I had any hope of retaining what I read. I found the objects to
  • freelancer_frankfreelancer_frank
    LibraryThing Review This is a book about common humanity. Each object is accompanied by a commentary, all of around equal length, that places the object in context, describes its features and explains what it reveals
  • HadriantheBlindHadriantheBlind
    LibraryThing Review This is a nice big thick book with lots of juicy wonderful pictures. THe author, a curator of the British museum, has the airs of a fascinating and scholarly tour guide, and shows pieces diverse
  • Bookoholic73Bookoholic73
    LibraryThing Review I so like this book! Not only does one travel in time, one also travels around the entire world, and learns so much. (if one only could remember as well!!!) Well written, accessible and clever at the
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