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Ancient Man

Hendrik Willem Van Loon

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .This explains why, during the late Stone Age, we find the first wheat-fields and the first gardens, grouped around the settlements of the early pile-dwellers.

It also tells us why man gave up his habit of wandering and settled down in one fixed spot where he raised his children until the day of his death when he was decently buried among his own people.

It is safe to say that these earliest ancestors of ours would have given up the ways of savages of their own accord if they had been left to their fate.

But suddenly there was an end to their isolation.

Prehistoric man was discovered.

A traveler from the unknown south-land who had dared to cross the turbulent sea and the forbidding mountain passes had found his way to the wild people of Central Europe.

On his back he carried a pack.

When he had spread his wares before the gaping curiosity of the bewildered natives, their eyes beheld wonders of which their minds. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is not the story of civilizations, it is the story of the Jews! And that too part myth, part fact and part fiction.

I enjoyed the content! It was interesting that it's written in a narrative with a voice similar to how a child's bedtime story is read. Not necessarily a bad thing, just saying this for those who are looking for something dry in regards to reading history.