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Seller: ancientgifts (4,229) 99.4%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122104128071 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Human History: Our History, From the Stone Age to Today by James C. Davis. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 466 pages. Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers; (2004). 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." CONDITION: New hardcover w/dustjacket. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect EXCEPT that there is a black remainder mark (drawn with a black marker) on the bottom surface of the closed page edges indicating that the book was unsold surplus inventory). The mark is not visible of course on individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, (otherwise) unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Has there ever been a history of the world as readable as this? American historian Davis describes how ancient wandering peoples settled down, founded cities, conquered neighbors, formed religions, found out who they were and where among the stars they lived, did some good, did lots of harm, thrived, and journeyed into space. His message is that despite everything, the world has been improving for a good long time. James C. Davis taught history at the University of Pennsylvania for thirty-four years. He is the author of four other books, dealing with Venice, the early history of European nations, and the lives of peasants and blue-collar workers. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Davis, who taught history at the University of Pennsylvania, has taken on an unusual project: to relate all of human history in the simplest terms possible for the broadest audience possible. The chapter titles illustrate his method of abstracting large themes from a multitude of events. "The richer countries grab the poorer," for example, isn't a bad summary of 19th-century imperialism. Davis does for human history what Stephen Hawking did for the atom and the universe; take a step back from the details and translate them into common terms. But human history lacks the elegance of subatomic particles, so the book constantly flirts with a kind of riotous overgeneralization. The method works better for events that are known widely but not in detail. An example is Stalin's purges, for which Davis can bring the reader a smattering of pungent details and move on. Davis elevates thinkers above leaders, devoting far more space to Newton and Darwin than to Napoleon and Caesar. It is refreshing to have a treatment of human life at once learned and optimistic, and one that so forcefully focuses on the primacy of ideas in our triumphant story. 9 maps, 4 line illustrations. REVIEW: Davis (Emeritus Professor University of Pennsylvania) has performed a small miracle by writing a history of humanity in under 500 pages, beginning with Homo erectus and continuing up to the current war in Iraq. While the author surveys almost all of the major civilizations, some receive more extensive coverage than others. The focus is on Western civilization and the peoples Greek, Roman, and Hebrew who have contributed to its formation and development. Davis considers the major religions, as well as environmental factors such as disease, inventions such as the internal combustion engine and computer, and discoveries such as that of DNA. Given the scope of this ambitious work, it is not surprising that some topics are glossed over. Radio, motion pictures, and television do not receive the coverage they deserve, while fast food franchises receive perhaps too much coverage. On the whole, however, this volume would be useful for both students and casual readers, and is warmly recommended for those with a desire for an appealing and entertaining overview of human history. REVIEW: A brisk and cheerfully traditional trip through our history, from Homo erectus to George W. Bush. Davis (retired Professor of History from the University of Pennsylvania) is cautiously optimistic in this view of our past. He presents a conventional chronicle: migrations, explorations, and discoveries, wars, revolutions, and politics. The arts didn't survive the final cut, except for some analysis of prehistoric cave paintings and Greek drama. Neither does he find much space for popular culture. The twentieth century's world wars get more thorough treatment, as does the Holocaust. He tries valiantly to particularize, sometimes to great effect. We learn that in 1991 some women offered to bear the child of the frozen 5,000-year-old "Iceman" just found in the Alps. He tells us that Galileo's blindness may have come from his staring at the sun through a telescope. These details add flesh to the skeleton of flitting history. The author does stake out positions occasionally: using the atomic bomb against Japan was probably a good idea; invading Iraq last year was probably not. And at times he brushes up against the controversial, as when he points out the benefits of imperialism (better railroads and schools). He strives mightily to appear impartial regarding the claims of various religions. Simple, swift, an effective and competent overview of history. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: The cover of The Human Story asks, "has there even been a history of the world as readable as this?" I cannot answer that. But I can state that reading "The Human Story" was absolutely, completely enjoyable. I was captivated at page one, and did not experience a let down until I reached page 440, the last page of the text. One might reasonably ask, How can anyone cover world history in 440 pages and do any of it justice? Well, of the sections of history that I was familiar with, I will admit that I got the feeling: "my, we certainly covered that quickly". And yet, that is not the impression one has as one reads the book. James C. Davis's brilliance shows in how he skillfully selected and wove together the important details into a fascinating narrative of human history, from pre-historic times to the present. The end result does read like a very entertaining story. I came away with a much clearer view of the big picture of how humanity has filled the earth. A lot is left out, of course. But what is striking is how much is put in. One reads about China, India, Africa, the great explorers of the world, the great conquerors and adventurers, the world wars, and much more. If you are looking for a book that gives you a good, refreshing swim in the ocean of the human story, you will not be disappointed by this work. REVIEW: I slept through the one world history class that I was required to take in high school so this book was perfect for me. It is written in an entertaining, light-hearted fashion which kept my interest from beginning to end. It would be impossible to describe, in depth, 4000+ years of history, but this book does a great job in giving an overview of the major historical events that shaped our world today in a mere 450 pages. I highly recommend this book to those that are history-illiterate and want to understand how we arrived where we are. REVIEW: I really enjoyed this book for one major reason - it really helped me put major historical events in context with the global timeline. Like many people, I have learned history generally in isolated segments. For instance, I learned the European history and Asian history independently. By going through the years quickly but with subject-related chapters, this book helped me put a lot of it together in my head in a useful way. Covering the human story from one hundred thousand years ago to modern times is a daunting task. The author succeeds in providing an entertaining and stimulating tour of the major world events in a somewhat informal but engaging style. REVIEW: For those who didn't pay any attention in your world history classes and are looking for an overview, this is a great option. I was looking for a book that would introduce me to the people of the past and then allow me, from that intro, to choose what I'm most interested in and then dig deeper (through other books). This book does just that, and it does it at a high enough level that you don't get bogged down or lose interest half way through. I read sections out of the 20-30 odd World History books at Barnes and Noble, and this was one of the few that didn't just list out fact after fact. It seemed clearly the superior one volume history, and getting it home and reading it proved this impression correct. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. 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If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. 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