The Mental Floss History of the World

The Mental Floss History of the World

An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

Book - 2009
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"An irreverent romp through history's best bits," The Mental Floss History of the World is an amazingly entertaining joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. As audacious as it is edifying, here is a hilarious and irreverent--yet always historically accurate--overview of the ascent (or descent) of humankind, courtesy of the same rebel geniuses who brought you Mental Floss presents Condensed Knowledge and Mental Floss Presents Forbidden Knowledge. Updated with all the hot topics and events of the past few years, The Mental Floss History of the World is proof positive that just because something's true doesn't mean it's boring.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009
Edition: 1st Harper pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780061842672
Call Number: 909 Sa791m 2009
Characteristics: x, 420 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Mental floss (Durham, N.C.)


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Nov 06, 2016

This is really very good. It's the most well balanced world history I've seen, in terms of covering the globe. Divided up into time periods, its easy to get a concept of what was going on everywhere. Light, well written, clever, and easy to read. Recommend.

Feb 09, 2015

World History for Dummies in all but name. Mental Floss is useful as a general outline, and has interesting tidbits, but you may have to unlearn almost as much as you learn. For example, the story of Moses and the delivery of the Israelites is given with a straight face, although no archeologist has uncovered proof of large-scale enslavement of Jews in Egypt. You can do better.


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