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About the Author
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is one of the world’s leading nonfiction publishers, proudly supporting the work of scientists, explorers, photographers, and authors, as well as publishing a diverse list of books that celebrate the world and all that is in it. National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach, and give readers access to a world of discovery and possibility on a wide range of nonfiction subjects from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. A portion of all National Geographic proceeds is used to fund exploration, conservation, and education through ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.
Amy Briggs is a writer who specializes in books on space, animals, and weird facts about the world. She is the author of several Angry Birds books for National Geographic, including titles on the seasons and Star Wars. Briggs lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and daughter, who are very understanding about her Angry Birds addiction.
“Throughout the book there are visuals that hammer the facts home and really makes it feel like you were there and saw or experienced this first hand.” –Stranded in Chaos
“What makes it such a great book for so many people? Well, it's National Geographic so you already know that it's filled with beautiful photography and that's it's well researched…Our favorite thing about this book, though, is the time line that runs through all of the chapters. The time line gives the history of four regions: The Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia and Oceania and allows readers to see what was going on in each region at any given time compared to the other regions.” –Lit and Life
“I liked comparing how different aspects of societies - like government or culture - was both different and similar across the continents.” –A Dream Within a Dream
“This is nice for comparing what's happening on a global scale at any given time.” –Home School on the Range
“How did National Geographic fine-tune a history of humanity from the very beginning to today and fit it all within the pages of this one volume, along with stunning pictures? It’s quite the feat, and the undertaking is nothing short of awe-inspiring…This book is everything. EVERYTHING. Just when I think these Nat Geo books can’t top themselves, they do it again. Every single time.” –Jennifer – Tar Heel Reader
“They have managed to make history fun, informative, and must-read. I loved it.” –A Bookish Way of Life
“Have you ever felt like it’s hard to get a grasp on worldwide history from books? We often only get a snippet of what happened in one country or continent, without the context of worldwide events. National Geographic has done a phenomenal job of putting together timelines across history, from prehistoric to modern times, of events on every continent.” –Instagram: @theunreadshelf
“Packed with tons of amazing photographs, essays and timelines, it covers everything from prehistoric sites to modern events and links it all together as only Nat Geo can… It is rather amazing how National Geographic managed to squeeze it all into one book, in a mere 416 pages, in fact. And yet they have, and the result is epic and awe inspiring.” –Jathan & Heather
“My favorite thing about it is learning what was going on in each part of the world at the same time. For example, did you know that during the time of Jesus’ ministry on earth, Virgil was composing his Aeneid, and Marc Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide? Things like that fascinate me.” –Ben and Me
“I love, love, love this book. It’s a perfect starting point for reading about any point in history. I mean, seriously, ANY point in history.” –Amy’s Book-et List
“Three words: Beautiful. Educational. Historical.” –Literary Quicksand