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A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
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really liked it
bookshelves: art-music-architecture-etc, history, nonfiction, society-culture-anthropology-etc

This is a nice big thick book with lots of juicy wonderful pictures.

THe author, a curator of the British museum, has the airs of a fascinating and scholarly tour guide, and shows pieces diverse - from the oldest known tools to a modern credit card and a solar lamp. Some are ornate and expensive (the model mechanical ship is astonishing), and some are broken fragments, or tools left behind as little fragments, which reveal some little fragments of the lives of those before us.

The book also has a nice geographic depth - objects from every continent are here. Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia get a generous share, but so do the Middle East, Polynesia, both North and South America, Africa, (with some of the oldest objects (stone hand axe) to the newest (throne built from machine-guns)). Each gets a little essay on its importance and symbolic value.

A wonderful book, and hopefully one where you'll stop looking at the colorful pictures long enough to read the placards and listen to the tour guide.
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April 11, 2011 – Shelved
Started Reading
March 20, 2012 – Shelved as: art-music-architecture-etc
March 20, 2012 – Shelved as: history
March 20, 2012 – Shelved as: nonfiction
March 20, 2012 – Shelved as: society-culture-anthropology-etc
March 20, 2012 – Finished Reading

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