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Hendrik Willem van Loon (1882–1944)

Forfatter af The Story of Mankind

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Hendrik Willem van Loon was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on January 14, 1882. He immigrated to the United States in 1902 and attended Cornell University, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1905. After graduating, he became a news correspondent for the Associated Press. He reported from vis mere Russia on the Russian Revolution in 1905 and from Belgium during World War I in 1914. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Munich in 1911. His dissertation, The Fall of the Dutch Republic, was published as a book in 1913. He lectured at Cornell University on European History from 1915-1917 and served as the Department Head of Social Sciences at Antioch College, Ohio from 1921-1922. He was an author, historian, and illustrator. His wrote about 40 books during his lifetime including The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom, The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators, Report to Saint Peter, and The Story of Mankind, which received the Newberry Medal in 1922. During World War II, he broadcast speeches to the Netherlands. For his contributions during the war, Queen Wilhelmina, the Dutch queen, knighted him in 1942. He died on March 11, 1944 at the age of 62. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Hendrik Willem van Loon

The Story of Mankind (1997) 1,560 eksemplarer
The Arts (1777) 488 eksemplarer
Van Loon's Lives (1942) 363 eksemplarer
The Life and Times of Rembrandt (1777) — Forfatter — 213 eksemplarer
The Story of the Bible (1923) 155 eksemplarer
America (1927) 127 eksemplarer
The Story of the Pacific (1940) 27 eksemplarer
Report to Saint Peter (1947) 22 eksemplarer
Christmas Carols (1937) 13 eksemplarer
The Fall of the Dutch Republic (1924) 12 eksemplarer
The Message of the Bells (1940) 12 eksemplarer
An Indiscreet Itinerary (1933) 11 eksemplarer
An Elephant Up a Tree (1933) 10 eksemplarer
The Songs America Sings (1939) 9 eksemplarer
My School Books (1939) 9 eksemplarer
The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom (1915) 8 eksemplarer
Invasion (1940) 8 eksemplarer
The Romance of Discovery (1917) 7 eksemplarer
The Last of the Troubadours (1939) 6 eksemplarer
A World Divided Is a World Lost (1935) 3 eksemplarer
Our Cornell (1939) 3 eksemplarer
Witches and Witch-Finders. (1923) 2 eksemplarer
Multiplex Man 1 eksemplar
Detroit Red Wings (2014) 1 eksemplar
Istoria omenirii 1 eksemplar
La geografia 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Tåbelighedens lovprisning (1509) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver3,920 eksemplarer
The New Junior Classics Volume 08: Stories From History (1938) — Bidragyder — 196 eksemplarer
This Is My Best (1942) — Bidragyder — 186 eksemplarer
Family Treasury of Great Biographies Volume 01 (1970) — Forfatter — 67 eksemplarer
If It Had Happened Otherwise (1931) — Bidragyder — 55 eksemplarer
The Story of Mankind [1957 film] (1975) — Original book — 10 eksemplarer

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The concept of "inviting" famous persons from history for dinner is an interesting way of presenting history to the general public.

Regretfully the author had to spoil his work by interrupting the story to expound his biases and prejudices, some of which come across as very dated nowadays.
Brazgo67 | 11 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |
Colonialist, sexist, incomplete, but I did learn something about history from van Loon.
mykl-s | 20 andre anmeldelser | Apr 23, 2023 |
It's been a long time since I read this, but every now and then it pops into my memory. Today I went and looked it up at the library for old times' sake.
It's a history-ish book... by which I mean, it's about a couple of fellows who are miraculously able to invite any historical figure they want to have dinner with them. Two things from it have always stuck in my mind: when Robespierre comes and makes a little guillotine to cut up his oranges, and when Emily Dickinson comes and secretes herself in an upstairs room, sending notes and poems floating down through the floorboards.
It's very odd book, and extremely long. Many hundreds of pages. I can't remember why I checked it out exactly, I think I heard mention of it somewhere online years ago, then went and located it at my college library. It hadn't been checked out for over twenty years, I think. Indeed, a very obscure and unusual book.
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Alishadt | 11 andre anmeldelser | Feb 25, 2023 |
This is a bit of a monster of children's book to delve into, especially as the first Newbery winner. (It posed as a hard blockade to overcome when I tried to read the Newberies as a child.) Given the subject material, I consider this written decently. There's nothing too heavy, so a child could climb this mountain if they did it in small bits. And maps are always fun. There are certainly better, more thorough ways to learn history, but this isn't an awful summary for what it is. (The author clearly states he's ignoring Asia, and that is important history that requires another book.)
I did find it a mite frustrating when the topics I did want to know more about were only a few pages long. A lot of subjects are simplified or glided over. In the copy I read, I also found the “updates” to make the history hit the 1980s very sloppy. In one chapter, it’s “The Great War” and in the next, it’s “World War I”. I expected a smoother read as it bounced between authors. The updaters (two, in my case) left the book on sour note.
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Allyoopsi | 20 andre anmeldelser | Jun 22, 2022 |



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