Cengage Advantage Books: The Earth and Its Peoples, Volume 1

Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: THE EARTH AND ITS PEOPLES, Fifth Edition, offers readers the complete THE EARTH AND ITS PEOPLES, Fifth Edition, text in an affordable format. This two-color version of the text includes the complete core text, but with fewer maps, photos, and boxed features for a manageable length in a new smaller trim size for easy portability. THE EARTH AND ITS PEOPLES, Fifth Edition, presents world history in a balanced, global framework, shifting the focus away from political centers of power. This truly global text for the world history survey course employs fundamental themes of "environment and technology" and "diversity and dominance" to explore patterns of human interaction with their surroundings and with each other. The authors' approach reveals how humanity continues to shape and be shaped by the environment and how dominant structures and traditions are balanced and challenged by alternate beliefs. Special emphasis is given to technological development and how it underlies all human activity.

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By Vincenita (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 06, 2014
Like most historic works, it made me cry...
but not because it was so emotionally moving, oh no... I spent hours upon hours hunched over this crazily-detailed textbook on 10,000 YEARS OF WORLD HISTORY solely because I made the grave mistake of taking AP World History.

In case you're wonderin... ...more
By Daniel (Kitchener, ON, Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · April 13, 2011
Incredibly dense and thorough...it is CERTAINLY informative. However, it's also a very dry read, and comes complete with an incredibly dry sense of design, layout and style. Guaranteed to put any AP History student to sleep, in spite of its brilliant text content. ...more
By Carinna (Seattle, WA) · ★★★☆☆ · April 19, 2014
Yes, it's my job. But I AM spending a lot of time reading this sucker when I wish I was reading other books, and I AM going to finish it this year and feel super triumphant. I want it to be a part of my 2014 reading challenge! It counts!

PS- it's a lot more enjoyable to read than the Stearns AP W... ...more
By Tanner · ★★★☆☆ · December 10, 2008
It's a textbook, so nothing fancy here. Lots of interesting information presented in a marginally interesting and coherent way. The maps, tidbits of info, timelines, and graphs help, but this is not the most compelling book to read. ...more
By Ashlee (Carlsbad, CA) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 03, 2010
Uber boring! I fell asleep at least five times while reading it.....In short: what I learned from this book was...WAY TOO MUCH!

My head couldn't take it. Good luck Freshmen! :P ...more
By Robyn (Reading, PA) · ★☆☆☆☆ · August 06, 2012
this was the most boring history book i've ever read. it has good information for an AP class, but it did not give enough details ; it mostly gave overviews of historical events. ...more
By Kelsey (The United States) · ★☆☆☆☆ · June 09, 2011
WORST HISTORY BOOK EVER. nothing was clear, no in depth details, difficult to follow a specific region because it skips around so much. it was boring. it was terrible. ...more
By Kristine (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 28, 2010
Meh. What can you say about a textbook? I definitely learned a lot. ...more