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A History of the World in 100 Objects

Neil MacGregor.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780143124153
Pages/Publication Date 707/2013
Daedalus Item Code 39050
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Blazing an unusual path to international renown, British Museum director Neil MacGregor audaciously organized an exhibit in 2010 that promised to tell the history of humanity through the stories of 100 objects that were made, used, venerated, or discarded by man. The associated BBC radio series broke broadcasting records in Britain, while the companion book became wildly popular on both sides of the Atlantic. Presented here in a pleasingly chunky paperback with color photos throughout, it begins with a chopping tool from the Olduvai Gorge in Africa and ends with a recent innovation that is transforming the way we power our world, as MacGregor urges us to see history as a kaleidoscope—shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising.

"MacGregor has done more to capture the magic and importance of history than any number of academic monographs. We are swept from Africa 2 million years ago to the dawn of the 21st century on a whistle-stop tour that avoids most of the obvious destinations but still feels enormously satisfying."—Sunday Time (London), History Book of the Year

"Everyone knows about the sculptures from the Parthenon ... but I was amazed by the boggle-eyed monster carved into the base of a wooden stool that once belonged to a chieftain of the largely forgotten Taino people of the Caribbean, who gave us words such as hurricane, barbecue, hammock and tobacco.... Erudite and entertaining, monumental yet relaxed."—Telegraph (London), Best Book of the Year

"A brave and original undertaking.... Each of the sections has something interesting to say, and prior knowledge of a given topic does not prevent us from gathering new insights from the text and the illustrations, and new angles of vision. Some of the images scattered through the book are so astonishing and so far from our usual perceptions that I don't think I will ever forget them.... MacGregor writes with energy and flair, and this is an entertaining and informative book."—NYReview of Books

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