Hendrik Willem van Loon


Born
in Rotterdam, Netherlands
January 14, 1882

Died
March 11, 1944


Hendrik Willem van Loon (January 14, 1882 – March 11, 1944) was a Dutch-American historian and journalist.

Born in Rotterdam, he went to the United States in 1903 to study at Cornell University. He was a correspondent during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and in Belgium in 1914 at the start of World War I. He later became a professor of history at Cornell University (1915-17) and in 1919 became an American citizen.

From the 1910s until his death, Van Loon wrote many books. Most widely known among these is The Story of Mankind, a history of the world especially for children, which won the first Newbery Medal in 1922. The book was later updated by Van Loon and has continued to be updated, first by his son and later by other historians.

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The Story of Mankind

3.35 avg rating — 2,150 ratings — published 1921 — 308 editions
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Tolerance

4.36 avg rating — 105 ratings — published 1925 — 10 editions
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Van Loon's Lives

4.31 avg rating — 80 ratings — published 1942 — 4 editions
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The Life and Times of Rembr...

4.29 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 1930 — 10 editions
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The Arts

3.76 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 1937 — 12 editions
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Van Loon's Geography

4.12 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 1921 — 7 editions
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Story of the Bible

3.46 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1923 — 5 editions
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The Story of America: From ...

3.87 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1942 — 3 editions
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Ancient Man: The Beginning ...

3.38 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1920 — 42 editions
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R.v.R.: The Life Times of R...

4.38 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1930
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“Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession - their ignorance.”
Hendrick Willem Van Loon

“On the other hand, when you grow up you will discover that some of the people in this world never passed beyond the stage of the cave-man.”
Hendrik Willem van Loon, The Story of Mankind

“High in the North in a land called Svithjod there is a mountain. It is a hundred miles long and a hundred miles high and once every thousand years a little bird comes to this mountain to sharpen its beak. When the mountain has thus been worn away a single day of eternity will have passed.”
Hendrik Willem Van Loon, The Story of Mankind

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