From Then to Now: A Short History of the World

From Then to Now: A Short History of the World


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Just 50,000 years ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors ventured off the African savannah and into the wider world. Now, our technology reaches far out into the cosmos. How did we get to where we are today?

With lively text and colorful illustrations, From Then to Now explains how individual societies struggled to find their own paths, despite war, disease, slavery, natural disasters, and the relentless growth of human knowledge. From Hammurabi to Henry Ford, from Incan couriers to the Internet, from the Taj Mahal to the Eiffel Tower, from Marco Polo to Martin Luther King, from Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, from boiled haggis to fried tarantulas – this is no less than the story of humanity. It’s the story of how we grew apart over all those years of migration and division, and how – as we recognize our common heritage and our often mixed ancestry – we can come together.

An index, maps, and notes make this a must-have reference, as well as a delight to read and to discuss. From Then to Now is bound to create a generation of history buffs!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887765407
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 03/22/2011
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER MOORE has been described as Canada’s most versatile writer of history. A winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award and other prizes, he writes widely about Canadian history for adults and children. His history for young readers, The Story of Canada, written with Janet Lunn and Alan Daniel, was named one of the ten best Canadian children’s books of the twentieth century. He writes a long-running column on history and historians for Canada’s History magazine (previously known as The Beaver). A past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Christopher Moore lives in Toronto. Visit him at

Award-winning illustrator ANDREJ KRYSTOFORSKI was born in Poland, Warsaw. After earning a master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, he studied painting and graphic design. He began working as an illustrator and designer, and, since then, he has designed and illustrated posters, books, cartoons, and caricatures. Andrej Krystoforski lives in Toronto and now works exclusively on painting and illustrating children’s books.


Hawaii and San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1958

Place of Birth:

Toledo, Ohio

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From Then to Now: A Short History of the World 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bethieng on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From Then to Now: A Short History of the World, by Christopher Moore is a book that takes you through the very beginnings of human life all the way up to present day Canada. Along the way you learn about civilizations that rose and fall, and what they gave us - from plants and animals such as corn, wheat, and horses - to extraordinary people like Marco Polo and Henry Ford. The first thing that must be said is that it is a visually stunning book filled with color illustrations and maps. Sometimes, when images are in a book such as this, a short history, the pictures have a tendency to detract from the overall feel of the book, because it makes you feel like you are reading a children's story. Not in this book, because the pictures and intricate enough for an adult audience, but are at the same time extremely appealing to children. The book itself is well set up, with a nice flow from concept to concept, as well as interesting text boxes that offer a more detailed account of the idea or a particular individual. A minor negative here - the text boxes have a tendency to remind me of textbooks, but that may just be because I am still in college and read textbooks way to often. I also thought that he created a nice balance of giving plenty of interesting information, without getting into that nitty gritty detail that I do associate with a textbook. I also think that he did an amazing job of hitting all of the key points that people would most likely know about, but also offers different facts or insights that most people would not. I am also really impressed about the way that he does manage to fit in all of the important things that happened in human history into one shortish history book.
TABrowne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a Christian, I need to mention that the book does speak in terms of 50,000 years ago. This is only a problem for some but I thought I should mention it. Christopher Moore also mentions Charles Darwin but in a brief manner, which is appropriate considering how much history is contained in this short book. Like one of the other reviewers, my first thought was more illustrations, maps, and a timeline would've been great. History is always a difficult subject as there is always some conjecture and dates are somewhat fluid. Mr. Moore did a wonderful job in deciding what to put in and has a very readable manner. He gave equal attention to the various religions of the time and it seemed accurate and balanced. This is important as I believe we should try to understand each others beliefs and where they came from. As a homeschooler, you could give this to your Jr/Sr High student and have them read it and they would have a great overview of history. Maybe a summer read?
AverysBookNook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book that would please anyone from five or so years of age to one hundred and five year of age. It briefly touches upon almost every imaginable topic of human history, though puts more emphasis on some topics more than others. If I were forced to chose one thing to complain about it would be the illustrations- I just wish that there had been more of them! This is a true masterpiece!
norabelle414 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a solid book. The historical facts are accurate and well-written. The artwork is very nice. There wasn't a whole lot going on here that I didn't already know, but I did really enjoy the little tidbits of interesting information provided in colored boxes every few pages. At 184 pages, it was not an overwhelming read; however, at 184 pages, it was not terribly enlightening. And at 25cm tall and 21cm long, it's definitely a coffee-table book and not anything I think I would have found occasion to read otherwise.
skullfaced on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moore does an excellent job of covering the highlights of human history in a clear, concise, and interesting manner. The book is big, bold, and easy to read...entertaining for adults as well as children. Moore quickly evades the evolution debate by starting with humanity's hunter-gatherer ancestors...something that can be difficult to do. From there on it's a rollicking ride to the "modern" age, a subject often neglected in history books. I wish my niece wasn't so young still...this will be a great book for when she gets older!
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Attempting to write a history of humanity in 184 pages, make it attainable for young adults, and make it interesting enough as a book to just sit down and read (as opposed to say, the way an encyclopedia can cover the same types of information) is a challenge that Moore faced pretty well.I had my issues with it, as most people do with any kind of reference material. It is impossible to get everything in, let alone get everything right that you do get in. One of the best things about this particular attempt, though, is the spotlights on the human interest pieces of history. None of them felt trite or contrived, which is unusual in my memory of junior high text books.My biggest pet peeve is that there are numerous times when the chronology feels off within the pages. I also would have loved to see a timeline, helping a reader to understand where in history the stories they are currently reading are coming from. It would have made a brilliant footer to each page.