Human Story Our History, from the Stone Age to Today

ISBN-10: 0060516208
ISBN-13: 9780060516208
Edition: 2004
Authors: James C. Davis
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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Has there ever been a history of the world as readable as this? In The Human Story , James C. Davis takes us on a journey to ancient times, telling how peoples of the world settled down and founded cities, conquered neighbors, and established religions, and continues over the course of history, when they fought two nearly global wars and journeyed into space. Davis's account is swift and clear, never dull or dry. He lightens it with pungent anecdotes and witty quotes. Although this compact volume may not be hard to pick up, it's definitely hard to put down. For example, on the death of Alexander the Great, who in a decade had never lost a single battle, and who had staked out an empire that spanned the entire Near East and Egypt, Davis writes: "When they heard how ill he was, the king's devoted troops insisted on seeing him. He couldn't speak, but as his soldiers -- every one -- filed by in silence, Alexander's eyes uttered his farewells. He died in June 323 B.C. , at the ripe old age of thirty-two." In similar fashion Davis recounts Russia's triumph in the space race as it happened on an autumn night in 1957: "A bugle sounded, flames erupted, and with a roar like rolling thunder, Russia's rocket lifted off. It bore aloft the earth's first artificial satellite, a shiny sphere the size of a basketball. Its name was Sputnik, meaning 'companion' or 'fellow traveler' (through space). The watchers shouted, 'Off. She's off. Our baby's off!' Some danced; others kissed and waved their arms." Though we live in an age of many doubts, James C. Davis thinks we humans are advancing. As The Human Story ends, he concludes, "The world's still cruel; that's understood, / But once was worse. So far so good."

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To the Reader
We fill the earth
We gather by the rivers
The wanderers settle down
Two ancient cities follow diverse paths
China excels and endures
Some attempt to rule us all
We found the worldwide faiths
Europe prepares for its big role
We find each other
The New World falls to the Old one
We suffer famine, war, and plague
We discover who we are and where we live
Here and there, the people rule
We make more and live better
The richer countries grab the poorer
We multiply, and shrink the earth
We wage a war to end war
A utopia becomes a nightmare
A Leader tries to shape a master race
We wage a wider, crueler war
The Asian giants try to feed their poor
Some of us do well
We walk along the brink
We do the unbelievable
Epilogue: So Far So Good
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