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E. H. Gombrich, author of the international classic The Story of Art, was born in Vienna in 1909. He moved to London in 1936, where he later became Director of the Warburg Institute and Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition at London University. Winner of the Erasmus Prize, the Hegel Prize, the Wittgenstein Prize, and the Goethe Prize, he was admitted to Britain's highest honour, the Order of Merit, in 1988. He died in November 2001.
Now in a new fully illustrated format could there be any better book to inspire the historians of tomorrow? And not to leave out historians of today or us lesser cousins, the mere history lovers, we will all want this elegiac, deceptively simple and elegant history. The new format is a lovely piece of book production in size, shape and weight – not too big, not too small – and it even smells beautiful. Presented in a cloth binding, the illustrations are well-chosen and with the addition of good, clear maps it all fits into a well-designed whole. Yale has done the author proud, producing something that, in the age of electronic publishing, shows just what’s so special about the printed book. Like for Like ReadingA Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill BrysonHistory: The Definitive Visual Guide – From the Dawn of Civilisation to the Present Day, Adam Hart-Davis et al