Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Story of the World: The Modern Age

by Susan Wise Bauer

The conclusion of The Story of the World takes us from 1850 to 1994, with a brief mention of September 11th, 2001 in an afterword. The reason Ms. Bauer stops short is that the big events of the 21st Century are essentially current events, not historical ones which folks can look at with a full perspective. I suppose that's why my history books in school never went past the Vietnam War. (Not that it mattered, we were always behind at the end of the year.) Anyway, Modern Age is true to form, presenting historical events as a story. It was interesting that the further I got into the book, and hence the more familiar I was with the historical events described, the more critical I got. But this is a book for kids after all and one should expect a certain degree of simplicity. So check it out.
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