National Geographic Visual History of the World

National Geographic Visual History of the World

Book - 2005
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Random House, Inc.
The world history book to define all others, this visual encyclopedia of world events is a classic in the making—and a favorite of history buffs everywhere. No other volume offers such a comprehensive and richly illustrated chronicle, from the construction of the Pyramids to the overthrow of the Taliban.
Readers see how momentous happenings, personalities, catastrophes, discoveries, and inventions unfold in a visually stimulating layout. Four eight-page gatefolds bring to life major events of world history and thousands of paintings, photographs and illustrations depict subjects ranging from the Roman Empire to the Reformation, World War II, to the war in Afghanistan. A timeline at the bottom of every page highlights the most important events, names, and dates of the era, and color-coded cross-referencing helps point readers to other applicable sections. Ideal for people who prefer to flip through books at random, this highly accessible resource contains sidebars on the great religions, influential ideologies, and other topics, as well as biographies of world leaders and notable personalities in the arts and humanities.

National Geographic Visual History of the World is an indispensable, impressive, and extravagantly illustrated reference of social, cultural, and military history in one volume. It is a must-have for all families, armchair historians, and serious scholars alike.

Baker & Taylor
Looks at the important events and figures in world history, from 4000 B.C. to the present day.

Book News
This illustrated history of the world from National Geographic introduces the reader to events from across the breadth of recorded human experience. The text lives up to its billing as a "Visual History," including some 4000 photos, reproductions of paintings, and other illustrations to accompany the text. Unfortunately, those expecting the visual richness typically associated with the National Geographic magazine may find themselves disappointed, as the illustrations tend more towards "thumbnail" size, as opposed to the full-page spreads often found in the magazine. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c2005
ISBN: 9780792236955
Characteristics: 656 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: Visual history of the world


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