- A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
- Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
- Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-15-02
- Language: English
- Publisher: The Publishing Mills
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Why didn't the Chinese discover America? Why were people so slow to learn the earth goes around the sun? How and why did we begin to think of "species" of plants and animals? How, when, and why did people begin digging in the earth to learn about the past? How did the study of economics begin? These are but a few of the fascinating questions answered by Dr. Boorstin, Librarian of Congress Emeritus.
"A sumptuous, totally engaging panorama. No one...will look at the chronicle of human ingenuity in the same way again." (David McCullough, author of John Adams)
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By shannonnn on 05-09-05
One of my Top 10 Fav. Books!
Having little interest in reading history books, it was by chance I came across this book. "The Discoverers" opened my eyes to the wonders of history and discovery. This book tells the tales of mystery, discovery and invention. The first chapter alone had me fully engrossed. The history of time and it's measurement. Planting seasons, politics, religion and whim led to thousands of different calenders. Once the measurements we know today were increasingly agreed upon the next challenge to overcome was how to measure time by day. Hourglasses were useless of a listing boat and so the contest was on to see who could invent a device for measuring time when at sea.
I lent this book out to everyone I know. My family, friends and coworkers all loved it. My 14 yr old cousin told me he thinks the book is "cool and awesom." I have kept a copy of "The Discoverers" in my car for a few years now and I never get tired of listening to it.
If you loved Bill Bryson's "A Brief History of Nearly Everything" then you will really enjoy "The Discoverers"
If you loved "The Discoverers" then you will really enjoy Bill Bryson's "A Brief History of Nearly Everything"
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By Steven Petersen on 06-07-05
Interesting book - poor audio quality
The main reason for only 3 stars is that the recording is poor. The narrator sounds like he's speaking through a tube. But the content is interesting, if you have any interest in the history of science and exploration.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful