A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

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Even oblivion, in this wonderful book, is given a voice.
-Guardian

Synopsis

The blockbuster New York Times bestseller and the companion volume to the wildly popular radio series

Neil MacGregor has blazed an unusual path to international renown. As director of the British Museum, he organized an exhibit that aimed to tell the history of humanity through the stories of one hundred objects made, used, venerated, or discarded by man. The exhibit and its accompanying BBC radio series broke broadcasting records and MacGregor’s book became a bestselling sensation on both sides of the Atlantic and a huge Christmas hit, with more than 100,000 copies in print in the United States alone.

Examining items from a chopping tool from Africa’s Olduvai Gorge to the credit card, A History of the World in 100 Objects is an engrossing and profoundly original work of history that will captivate readers for many years to come.
 

About Neil MacGregor

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NEIL MacGREGOR has been the director of the British Museum since 2002; prior to that, he was the director of the National Gallery in London. A popular presenter on BBC television and radio, he was named Briton of the Year in 2008. He lives in England.
 
Published October 27, 2011 by Penguin Books. 736 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Sep 15 2011

A book to savor, full of information and surprises.

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Guardian

Below average
on Nov 13 2010

There must be thousands of pedants, like me...with their blue pencils, gleefully looking for errors, and, unsurprisingly, there are slips and odd silences.

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Guardian

Good
on Nov 07 2010

Even oblivion, in this wonderful book, is given a voice.

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Financial Times

Good
on Oct 22 2010

...the style is authentic, personal and humorous, and almost tells us as much about the impishly witty MacGregor as it does about the objects.

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The Economist

Good
on Nov 04 2010

... Mr MacGregor's voice comes through as distinctively as it did on radio...

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BBC History Magazine

Excellent

From the opening man-made object...right through to the last...the sun keeps shining through this radiantly illuminating and enlightening read.

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