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Published:November 5th, 2006 09:56 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Neil Kagan, Editor of National Geographic Society's Concise History of the World

Judyth Piazza chats with Neil Kagan, Editor of National Geographic Society's Concise History of the World

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

CONCISE HISTORY OF THE WORLD was edited by Neil Kagan, former publisher and managing editor of Time-Life Books and creator of such award-winning book series as Voices of the Civil War, " What Life Was Like, " Our American Century " and Time-Life Student Library. " He has edited numerous Civil War books, most recently Eyewitness to the Civil War, " publishing next month. Kagan brings 30 years of expertise to his books.

From the dawn of humankind to today`s global complexities, this monumental volume presents world history from an original perspective that provides fresh insights with every colorful spread. Few references are as invaluable, all-inclusive, and satisfying to browse. For readers of all ages, world history is easily accessible, depicted as never before so that events occurring simultaneously around the world can be viewed at-a-glance together. For example, Texas Instruments launched the pocket calculator the same year the Soviet Union launched the first manned space station, in 1971. Columbus sailed from Spain the year Martin Behaim constructed a terrestrial globe in Nuremberg. The California Gold Rush followed the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s, and the Greek dictatorship of Papadopoulos is overthrown the same year Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is deposed and U.S. president Nixon resigns, in 1974. The book`s innovative time line truly sets it apart, allowing readers to scan across a spread and explore a single area or compare contemporary societies across the globe.

This remarkable resource also contains dozens of maps; scores of sidebars; hundreds of illustrations; and thousands of events, milestones, personalities, ideas, and inventions. Throughout, vivid illustrations depict artworks, artifacts, portraits and dramatic scenes, while sidebar topics range from local customs and lifestyles to the effect of climate change on human migration.