There's something awesomely, comfortingly retro about Christopher Lloyd's "What on Earth Happened? The Complete Story of the Planet, Life and People from the Big Bang to the Present Day," newly published by Bloomsbury. Though this history of the world is meant for adults, it's presented in a color-coded, 415-page, encyclopedia-like volume complete with colorful charts and illustrations that will make those of us who grew up with "World Book" or "Britannica" giddily nostalgic. Lloyd, a former Sunday Times (U.K.) editor and award-winning science journalist, brings his dry British wit to the proceedings (take that, earnest Wikipedians!) with chapters such as "White Man's Race: How People From the West Became Convinced They Were Superior to All Living Things, Believing It Was Their Duty to Subjugate the Globe to Their Way of Life."
I'm randomly giving away a copy of "What on Earth Happened?"
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