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A few years ago, the British Museum partnered with the BBC in a project that would tell the history of the world by examining objects from the British Museum's collection, and using each object as a jumping-off point for a weekly radio segment discussing important moments or developments in human history. Each segment was narrated by the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, and featured historians, authors, and other experts who would weigh in on each object and its place in history.
Those radio segments have been collected in this audiobook. Ordinarily, I am not a big fan of audiobooks because my mind tends to wander, but each segment in this book is a manageable length, and it was possible to listen to as many or as few segments as I wanted without losing the thread of the story. By the end, I had traveled across two million years, and learned a great deal about the history of people across the entire globe.
If you're interested in seeing the objects described, check out the companion book, also called A History of the World in 100 Objects, available through our catalog from the Anchorage Public Library.
Recommended by Catherine