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İnsanlığın Vatanı

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,150 ratings  ·  368 reviews
Van Loon’un 28 baskı yapan ve bugüne kadar 10 milyon satan, Çince dahil bütün dünya dillerine çevrilen ve insanlık tarihine değişik bir bakış açısı getiren olağanüstü ilgi çekici bu kitabı bitirdikten sonra dün ile bugün gözünüzde yepyeni değerler kazanacaktır.
Paperback, 354 pages
Published 1992 by Güneş Yayınları (first published 1921)
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Heather History does not change, but our understanding of it does as new discoveries in archaeology, science, and history bring to light details and…moreHistory does not change, but our understanding of it does as new discoveries in archaeology, science, and history bring to light details and interpretations that supersede previously understood facts. The book is very dated, particularly in the beginning of the book which is filled with speculative and pseudo-history, some of which matches current understanding and interpretations of early history/archaeology and some of which doesn't. If I was going to use it for children, I would skip the first dozen or so chapters, perhaps even using only the chapters that cover about 800 A.D. forward. (less)
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Benji Martin
My journey through the Newbery winners begins here with the Story of Mankind. I’ve never been a great book review writer. It’s hard for me to talk about a book without giving too much away, so for these Newbery winners, I think I will stick to a format. I will answer the following questions. What did I like about the book? What did I dislike about the book? Did this book deserve to win the Newbery? Why or why not?

What I liked about the book:
Imagine that your grandfather was a retired history
James Swenson
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We found this in my grandma's basement after she died. I picked it up again at my folks' house, when I was looking for bedtime reading, and I went through it in bits and pieces, over the course of several visits.

I went in with an open mind: I always try to love the book I'm reading, but then I always questioned Grandma's taste. This time, I was pleasantly surprised.

I skimmed the other reviews on Goodreads: the most misguided of these claimed that "anyone could have written this book." That's the
Anna Smithberger
Apr 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is exceptionally Eurocentric, which makes sense for the period in which it was written, but does not excuse the racism and the belief that little of "historic importance" ever came out of the non-western world. I also found the tone extremely patronizing and the many strange asides, quips, and at times laborious rants van Loon would include made me want to throw the book across the room.

While the edition I read had been updated to include events branching into the 21st century, and the
Newbery Medal: 1922

It's amazing that this rambling version, with little significance to some major events of history, was awarded the Newbery Medal. Thankfully, we have some wonderful children's literature today that is worthy of the medal. Hendrick Van Loon attempts to capture The Story of Mankind for his grandchildren and future generations. Too bad the writing is horrible and the words are boring.

I struggled with giving this book two stars. I looked back at the books I gave one star to, and
I have finished The Book. Mr. van Loon's Narcoleptic Affect (thanks for that, Jen) notwithstanding, I enjoyed it. Seriously, I have never in my life fallen asleep reading a book as many times as I did this one. I lost count, but am pretty sure it was upwards of 10.

That said, I marked a TON of things I wanted to refer back to. We'll see how many make it into this review. Of course, my first thought, about 30 pages into this book was, "exactly who was this book written for?" A bunch of scholars
Aug 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing how bad this book is. It's anti-semitic, condescending to previous generations, hardly filled with fact, but contains lots of opinions and some outright falsities. Loon likes to go on and on about his opinions of people/groups/etc and then skips over major historical events. For example, he opined about the horrible state of people in the middle ages and how it must have been due to their religious beliefs for about 15 pages and then devoted only one sentence to Joan of Arc. During ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, z-1960-s, vintage
This is a book that belonged to my grandfather, it's the 1947 edition. I fell in love with the illustrations and is probably one of the reasons I love history. I've added 3 photographs of pages with illustrations that took my fancy. The first - of the universe with the sign (Here we Live) at first worried me a little - the vastness OUT THERE but I was very very young at the time. Now it reminds me of something that might come from a Douglas Adams book...perhaps he read Van Loon too. ;)
The Story of Mankind is the 1922 Newbery winner, and the first book to receive the award. It chronicles the history of "mankind" from its single cell origins through the end of World War I. I'm not sure what inspired the Newbery committee to choose a nearly 500 page book with such an ambitious scope, and I really can't see how this book would have gotten children excited about either reading or history.

First off, the book is incredibly Eurocentric. There is barely a mention of the world beyond
Geriann Albers
Sep 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery
Ugh. This was a slog. I read it for a personal Newbery reading challenge. Maybe it was great when published in the 20s, but it does not hold up with time. It ignores most places that aren't Europe. Barely skims over slavery. Is at times inaccurate. At others the author goes on long rants that are boring and at times arrogant. Also makes colonialism sound like it was great and necessary because of the "efficiency" of countries like England, France, and the Netherlands. Gross.
Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, where to start? This book was originally published in 1921, and covers a very general history of the world up to that time. There were a lot of things that surprised me about it. For one thing, I assumed the author would have different (more "old-fashioned") ideas. I expected some slant, but the direction of the slant was a surprise. The author comes across as what we would probably describe today as fairly liberal. He clearly disagreed with the US's decision to enter WWI; and was not ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-medals
I might be a little crazy, but I would like to try to read all the Newbery Medal winning books. There are over 90. I have already read several, but I decided to start at the first medal book for this journey. This book got the award in 1922. I think it is cool that it is a non-fiction book about history. Seeing it was written in 1921, I knew it would only take me to about WW1. What sold me on this book was that it covers the history of man, but in 300 plus pages.

I teach where we read a couple
Owlseyes inside Notre Dame, it's so strange a 15-hour blaze and...30-minutes wait to call the firemen...and
Just to say that in Canada this book will be titled "The Story of Peoplekind"
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short(ish) history of the world was well written (and apparently the first ever Caldecott winner?), but had all of the strengths and weaknesses you'd expect from a history book--even a children's history book--written by a Progressive at the beginning of the 20th century. Aside from the treatment of the Middle Ages, the Ancient world, and the Enlightenment, the best example is the contrast between the 1926 postscript, wherein van Loon calls for a strong captain to seize the helm of the ship ...more
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik van Loon was awarded the very first Newbery Medal in 1922. I decided a few years ago that I wanted to read and own every Newbery Award Winner. Given that this won the first Newbery, I was excited to read it, even though I had heard some less than favorable things about the writing.

Let me first admit that I skimmed a vast majority of this book. I started the book with the full intention of
Jack Kirby and the X-man
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jack Kirby and the X-man by: Children's Books Group
I only got up to page 75 of this 500+ page book... Why, well basically there are a lot better books out there to spend my time reading.

I feel that if I were an 8-12 year old in 1921 I would have really loved this book. With a school librarian as a mother I'm sure I would have been introduced to it, and I would have lapped it up. I liked how accessable the writing style was (but it is now difficult to determine what the author included as jokes, and what was really believed). The short chapters
The first Newbery award-winner and thus the start of my grand Newbery read/re-read. This one is one of the rare non-fiction Newbery award-winners and one of the longest as well.

Basically an attempt to tell all of the world's history in one volume and aimed at young folk. Definitely a failure, but also kind of an unintentional time capsule. It shows what was considered important and unimportant, known and unknown at the time it was written. And the updates added in the back of the book at various
Cassandra Kay Silva
Not to be a snob but this so called "history" could have been written by anybody. Almost everything in the book is common knowledge, and requires little if any referencing. I think that is why it got the original newberry because it would be really accessible to children. I almost threw the book out the window when about three fourths of the way through it he started apologizing for all of the people he left out and offended because he had to take liberties with deciding on subject matter based ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-medal
As an atheist view of basic Western civilization, and the great men of Europe, it really is not that bad at all, although it is so purely historical it fails largely to engage the issues of the modern reader. But as a story of mankind, as van Loon frequently reminds us that this is, it downright stinks. Van Loon only briefly takes a break from talking about the glories and splendors of Europe to talk about Buddha and Confucius in Asia. Of course, van Loon is a Dutch American, and his bias ...more
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently read this year's Newbery Medal book, I thought it would be interesting to read the winner of the first Newbery (awarded in 1922). I was a bit taken aback to find that it was a 662-page volume of history (what manner of children were these 1920s munchkins?) but I was pleasantly surprised by Van Loon's approach and style, which is clear and straightforward, witty and expressive. Delightful, detailed line drawings accompany the text. Occasionally the author steps away from the ...more
Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Convicts
I've read this book a number of times while preparing to teach world history. Van Loon was a professor of history who decided to make the scope of world history palpable for his grandkids. The book's voice and tone is avuncular and affable. but it is not impartial. Van Loon, an immigrant who made good, love America and her European forefathers.
It took me forever to get through this book, because it basically reads like a textbook, which is fine, but not something I think would ever be appealing to kids in the twenty-first century. I would be SHOCKED if a kid actually willingly picked this up to read it, finished all 600+ pages, and enjoyed it.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nerdbery
The Story of Mankind was the first Newbery Award winner and I imagine that it was a timely and interesting work in its day, but it's a heavy-handed, boring tome now. Finishing it does fill me with a sense of accomplishment, though!

I appreciate that Van Loon's family has continued to update and revise this book for almost a century.
Michael Scotto
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery
Brutal read, but interesting as an artifact of the prevailing wisdom of its time.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This started out very interesting. I liked that this history was written for younger eyes. But it soon devolved into war after war after war...and it became incredibly difficult to remain interested, or even optimistic. Reading summaries of all of the world's wars over time really makes you realize how ridiculous and petty it all is. We go to war for the same shit year after year. When will it ever stop? I imagine that a history of mankind that is made up of 50% politics and war would not be ...more
Very First Newbery Winner 1922

I gave up after 36% - deep in the Middle Ages.
There are parts that are entertainingly written to keep a young audience engaged. The illustrations are wonderful, some are whimsical, yet give visual reference points. It is also quite comprehensive in scope, so the premise of the book isn't all that bad. Some parts I found rather good, otherwise I would not have trudged on.

Now for the big "BUT"... There are quite a few drawbacks:

One, it is too long(winded). I don't
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ll say this for the Newbery committee: They did NOT get off to a rollicking start. I’m glad I had a commitment to read this book because without it, there is no way I would have finished this just for fun. It feels bad to start out this way, but I just did not enjoy this book.

Now know this: I like history. And he really got me going, for the first half of the book. From primordial soup to humans is glossed over pretty quickly but that didn’t bother me too much as this is a history of humans,
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-group-books

i'm liking it. it's interesting. i can see why it was chosen. basically, it's the break down of the history of the world. short chapters. quick info. the author wrote it as a way to explain the story of man to his grandchildren.
some of it is outdated of course b/c it was published in 1921. also there is a note under the copyright saying that this is a product of it's time and doesn't reflect today's society. i saw that throughout. some of the material in referencing certain cultures/races is
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
Okay, so this actually got pretty engaging and I see why it won the Newbery. Granted, there are a couple things that would probably be considered almost factual errors now AND there is definitely a very strong Eurocentric slant. A better title for this might be "The Story of Western Civilization". It probably isn't great for kids now unless some changes have been made in the newer edition.

It does have a nice conversational style. I read the original version which ends in the 1920's. There is a
2018 Newbery Medal Winner Challenge
For 2018, I am attempting to read all of the winners of the John Newbery Medal. Is it a crazy thing? Yes. But it is always been something I wanted to do. At many public libraries, including the first one I worked at, they are shelved separately. Reading all of the Newbery Medal winners would be a small way to satisfy that (not-s0) little itch I've always had to read ALL THE BOOKS.

My thoughts on the first ever book to win the medal:
More like the history of
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newberys
The Story of Mankind heroically attempts to tell the history of the human race from caveman times to 1922, that being "the present". It succeeds in telling the history of white people, sort of, with a strong anti-religion skew.

I had high hopes of this book, because it was acclaimed the first Newbery winner by 163 librarians and has remained in print ever since, being repeatedly updated with chapters on the end - my library's 1980s edition finished with "Looking Toward the Year 2000". And the
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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
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