A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

This book offers a unique perspective on world history, telling the story of humanity through the examination of 100 man-made objects. The author, a museum director, uses items from the British Museum, ranging from a 2 million-year-old Olduvai stone cutting tool to a contemporary credit card, to explore various themes such as trade, religion, art, science, and politics. The book provides a fascinating lens through which to view the evolution of human civilization.

The 7959th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 90

Since this book was first published in 2010, there is a penalty of 57.6%. The age adjusted score is 38.16.

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