A Little History Generates a Lot of Buzz


A Little History of the World continues to receive praise in publications across the country.

  • The Los Angeles Times Book Review counts A Little History among the 20 titles in its Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2005 in its holiday roundup.
  • The Raleigh News & Observer also names A Little History one of its top two “best nonfiction” books of the year, in a “Wilde Awards” roundup, by children’s books columnist Susie Wilde.
  • The Globe & Mail (Toronto) also reviewed the book this past weekend saying, “it is a lovely book, gracefully written, provocative in the best sense, complemented by elegant woodcuts and easy to recommend. . . . A Little History of the World is, in the end, one of the loveliest books of history I’ve read, not because it gets to the heart of anything, but because it makes one want to go there for oneself.”
  • Tampa Tribune, books column: “I like the sort of thing where history is presented in a storylike fashion, and no one has done it better than E.H. Gombrich in A Little History of the World”
  • USA Today: “The writing is graceful, often personal and should delight readers of all ages.”
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Kids’ Gift Books Roundup: “A delightful book that relates the history of the world…in a conversational way that never condescends.”
  • The State (Columbia, S.C.): “One of the most wonderful books of the year.”
  • The New York Observer: “Speaks to readers of any age.”
  • The Bloomsbury Review: “Gombrich gives his English-language readers a new way to look at the world.”

A story featuring an interview with Gombrich’s grand-daughter, Leonie Gombrich, has also appeared in a recent edition of Bookselling This Week, the online publication of the American Booksellers Association. A Little History of the World is one of ABA’s Book Sense Picks for January and is #43 on its extended nonfiction bestseller list.

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