E. H. (Ernst) Gombrich
Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2008, English; Originally published in German in 1935
Nonfiction, Art and Cultural History
8.4 x 5.4 inches, 304 pages, 40 black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 9780300143324
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95

From the Publisher. Toward the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation. A Little History of the World presents his lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time. Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this is a book to be savored and collected.


On 6 book lists
Ken Carbone

This is a tour de force of storytelling. Gombrich wrote this in the 1930s as a history primer for children, but it is so deftly constructed that you get a comprehensive look at the development of human civilization without oversimplification. Xerxes, Charlemagne, Galileo, Lao-Tzu and hundreds of others come alive when Gombrich tells you how they have shaped our world.

Michael Manfredi

Given to me as a young adult, this is a book I still return to. Gombrich, one of this century’s great intellectuals, brings history to life in an intelligent and conversational style. It is really a children’s book written for adults.

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