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Great Ages of Man by Time-Life Books
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Apr 15, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: history
Recommended to Erik by: Lajla Stousland
Recommended for: beginners
Read in January, 1968 — I own a copy

My paternal grandmother and her second husband, Christian, were so very good to me as a child. Quite a reader herself, Lajla belonged to book clubs and acquired several Time-Life sets for me during the period spanning late elementary thru early high school. Of them all, the Great Ages of Man was my favorite set, the only one I did not give up upon outgrowing them. The reasons for such favoritism are, one, the superior bindings of these twenty-one hardcovers and, two, the superb photographic illustrations. Not a reason, but it should have been were I a rational being, were the authors of the various volumes, many of them well-known experts for the cultural histories covered.

Although written, like all Time-Life publications, for literate children, the individual volumes of the series serve as valuable introductions for those who know nothing or nearly nothing about the topic. I would probably benefit by rereading Early Islam as a matter of fact.

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