The Story of Mankind

Version: Unabridged
Author: Hendrik Willem Van Loon
Narrator: Sneha Mathan
Genres: Educational
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2013
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours, 3 minutes
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The Story of Mankind revolutionized former methods of telling history. It received the first Newberry Medal award for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Nevertheless, critics and public alike hailed it as a book for all ages. Van Loon recounts history as living news, relating everything in the past to the present. He writes informally, making world history wonderfully alive and exciting.

Of this book the author writes, "The entrance of America upon the scene of international politics as the most important actor, destined to 'play the lead' for the next five hundred years, convinced me that proper and reasonable understanding of historical cause and effect was the most important factor in the lives of the rising generation. And so my book treats the entire history of the human race as a single unit. It begins with the dim and hardly understood realm of the earliest past; it can be continued forever."

Author Details

Author Details

Van Loon, Hendrik Willem

Hendrik Willem van Loon received worldwide acclaim for the many books that he both wrote and illustrated. Among his most beloved are The Story of America, The Story of the Bible and The Life and Times of Rembrandt. European born and educated, van Loon was a professor at Antioch College and lectured at Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Munich.