This Fleeting World by David Christian
This Fleeting World is a summary of human history , from the earliest Homo sapiens to the modern era. In less than a hundred pages the trends and changes of the three main eras of human history are laid out and explained by historian David Christian.
I confess: I am a huge history nerd. Half my "I Can Read!" books were about Tutankhamen and the Aztecs (the other half were about dinosaurs). I was one of the few people who was excited to read this for summer reading, and one of the few people who actually enjoyed it. This Fleeting World is very factual, but it doesn't read enough like a textbook to qualify as a sleep aid. Plus, it's a very general overview of world history (only 100 pages) that focuses on the big themes and most important events. Which means that if you want to be able to discuss the Paleolithic Era but don't want to put much effort into learning about it, this is a great tool. Rejoice, all you lazy history buffs!
(This book is out of print, so you may have some difficulty obtaining it.)
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