The Story of Mankind


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(4.5 stars; 52 reviews)

Relates the story of western civilization from earliest times through the beginning of the twentieth century, with special emphasis on the people and events that changed the course of history. Portrays in vivid prose the achievements of mankind in the areas of art and discovery, as well as the political forces leading to the modern nation-states. Richly illustrated with drawings by the author. Winner of the first Newbery Award in 1922, The Story of Mankind has introduced generations of children to the pageant of world history. (Summary from mainlesson.com) (13 hr 30 min)

Chapters

Foreward 8:25 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Setting of the Stage 9:08 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Our Earliest Ancestors 5:06 Read by Michelle Crandall
Prehistoric Man 5:24 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Hieroglyphics 10:19 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Nile Valley 7:10 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Story of Egypt 4:28 Read by Michelle Crandall
Mesopotamia 2:28 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Sumerians 7:20 Read by Michelle Crandall
Moses 5:10 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Phoenicians 3:13 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Indo-Europeans 4:07 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Aegean Sea 6:35 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Greeks 3:50 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Greek Cities 6:07 Read by Michelle Crandall
Greek Self-Government 5:51 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Greek Life 7:41 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Greek Theatre 6:15 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Persian Wars 8:51 Read by Michelle Crandall
Athens vs. Sparta 4:40 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Alexander the Great 4:07 Read by Michelle Crandall
A Summary 5:28 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Rome and Carthage 23:42 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Rise of Rome 5:27 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Roman Empire 19:20 Read by Michelle Crandall
Joshua of Nazareth 9:07 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Fall of Rome 10:27 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Rise of the Church 13:36 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Mohammed 11:22 Read by Michelle Crandall
Charlemagne 10:04 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Norsemen 4:30 Read by Michelle Crandall
Feudalism 6:58 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Chivalry 5:01 Read by Michelle Crandall
Pope vs. Emperor 12:06 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Crusades 8:54 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Mediaeval City 19:25 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Mediaeval Self-Government 9:28 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Mediaeval World 15:03 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Mediaeval Trade 12:02 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Renaissance 27:27 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Age of Expression 9:04 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Great Discoveries 27:03 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Buddha and Confucius 17:07 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Reformation 22:47 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Religious Warfare 28:41 Read by Michelle Crandall
The English Revolution 33:12 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Balance of Power 9:15 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Rise of Russia 13:47 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Russia vs. Sweden 7:55 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Rise of Prussia 8:46 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Mercantile System 7:15 Read by Michelle Crandall
The American Revolution 13:30 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The French Revolution 28:12 Read by Michelle Crandall
Napoleon 24:04 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Holy Alliance 21:45 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Great Reaction 16:30 Read by Kara Shallenberg
National Independence 41:24 Read by Michelle Crandall
The Age of the Engine 19:35 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Social Revolution 10:00 Read by Michelle Crandall
Emancipation 15:50 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Age of Science 10:17 Read by Michelle Crandall
Art 28:54 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Colonial Expansion and War 18:09 Read by Michelle Crandall
A New World 20:00 Read by Kara Shallenberg
As It Ever Shall Be 1:32 Read by Michelle Crandall

Reviews

A Not to Be Missed Book--Or Left Behind, Even 'When Worlds Collide'


(5 stars)

The two readers do a wonderful job of conveying van Loon's warm and humanistic history of mankind for children of all ages. The book The Story of Mankind was featured as one of the few books thought worthy of being salvaged from an earth about to be destroyed by colliding planets in the George Pal sci-fi classic 'When Worlds Collide', for good reason. Many of the lessons that van Loon conveys from the dawn of time to the Modern World (I know he vehemently disagrees with the latter term, since he considers man only a little removed from the cave, is used for reference purpose only). I find his discussion of the circumstances surrounding The French Revolution and The Ship of State at the end, particularly edifying. I personally enjoyed his discussion of the Marquis de Condorcet who he brings up in both time periods. As well as his use of Irony and Pity at the end to be our assessors and judges for a humanist society. This makes a good bed timing hearing for all those whose historical knowledge may be sketchy at spots (again for children of all ages), bravo to the two readers! Sorry, it took so long for someone to applaud their great selection choice and very pleasant and inviting, humanistic, family-friendly reading.

missing 12 chapters


(3.5 stars)

Thank you for recording this book. However, it’s missing the last 12 chapters.

good book well read


(5 stars)

I must also congratulate the heroic efforts to describe the illustrations

excellent book and very much well read!! thank you very much!


(4.5 stars)

APPLAUD !


(5 stars)

Well done - I listened to this over again and enjoyed the narrators as much as I did the book.