A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2011: In A History of the World in 100 Objects, Neal MacGregor, director of the
British Museum, takes readers on a tour of the world by way of its material goods. From everyday items such as pots,
utensils, and money to valuables such as art and jewelry, MacGregor shows that the things humans have left behind are
often as rich and informative as written texts. Whether it’s a strange and unique object like a throne made of rifles
from Mozambique or a medieval German crystal, or a familiar one like a sculpture of the head of Augustus or Hokusai's
painting The Great Wave, MacGregor skillfully weaves each one into the fabric of the society that it came from. In that
sense, the book is much more than a museum catalog: it's a hundred keyhole views into a hundred different societies from
around the world and throughout history.


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