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A History of the World in 100 Objects

by Neil MacGregor

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A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

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From the renowned director of the British Museum, a kaleidoscopic history of humanity told through things we have made.

When 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 invented math - or came up with money?

The history of humanity is a history of invention and innovation, as we have continually created new items to use, to admire, or to leave our mark on the world. In this original and thought-provoking book, Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, has selected one hundred man-made artifacts, each of which gives us an intimate glimpse of an unexpected turning point in human civilization. A History of the World in 100 Objects stretches back two million years and covers the globe. From the very first hand axe to the ubiquitous credit card, each item has a story to tell; together they relate the larger history of mankind-revealing who we are by looking at what we have made.

Handsomely designed, with more than 150 color photographs throughout the text, A History of the World in 100 Objects is a gorgeous reading book and makes a great gift for anyone interested in history.

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"A book to savor, full of information and surprises." - Kirkus Reviews

"We are what we make, and MacGregor proves it... Get this one." - Library Journal

"MacGregor's central point, that the cultures of the world are the inheritance of the world, is one he never neglects to emphasise... And in pursuit of making it, he ventures down byways that not even the most avid visitors to the museum are likely to have explored." - The Observer (UK)

"Not everyone will agree with MacGregor's choices... But if this book isn't perfect, that's not to say it isn't a triumph." - The Scotsman

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This book is based on a very popular BBC radio series produced in conjunction with the British Museum. The series consists of 100 fifteen minute radio presentations. You can view the 100 objects and download individual episodes from the BBC's website.

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