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Van Doren's book details the development of thought. Covering a the expanse of human history, Van Doren highlights people and events that have advanced knowledge and reason to today's standards. He then theorizes where the future will bring our thinking minds.
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The review of this Book prepared by David M. Takitaki

A coherent journey from the beginnings of writing and philosophy to the computerized technology of the modern era. How knowledge and learning have changed the course of human events and our understanding of the world.
The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Green

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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   History of mankind History of a science?    -   Yes Kind of science    -   Many kinds

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Neutral Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is moderately liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   3 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   7 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   challenged    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   scientists    -   criminals    -   military    -   diplomats    -   politicians    -   businessmen Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Not enough maps Length of book    -   350-400 pages    -   450 pages+ How much emphasis on small details?    -   7 ()

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