Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020
This single volume is home to all the basic information that used to be taught in school, if you happen to be fortunate enough to be educated in the 50-mid 70’s. It includes an over view of: world history starting with the 30 Years War, WW1, WW2, The Cold War, and current situations. None of these are deep dives, but highlights, focusing on motivations and long term implications.
After the history class, author Richard Haass, begins his course on geography and social studies; remember THAT subject? He takes a look at every region of the globe, where it came from, where they are, what’s going on and where they are likely heading and how it will effect the world. Very interesting.
Contemporary issues and hot buttons fill the next and largest section on the book: Globalization, Terrorism & Counterterrorism, Nuclear Proliferation, Climate Change Migration, Internet & Cyber Issues, Global Health, Trade & Investing, $$$ stuff and Development.
The final section is a master class in government: Sovereignty, Self-Determination & Balance of Power, Alliances & Coalitions, International Societies, War Between Countries ( and within them) and New World Order.
Haass has a style that’s easy to read and comprehend. It’s very much like attending a lecture by a favorite professor when you sit in the amphitheater and 5 minutes later, two hours have passed. Like any good instructor, he’s provided an exhaustive section for further reading and research. That information in conjunction with this book would make an excellent resource for any homeschool program or any teacher of history, (American or World), civics, contemporary world issues or whatever they’re calling this stuff these days.
There are a number of charts, graphs, maps and diagrams that illustrate or elaborate the discussions. “The World: A Brief Introduction”, is clear and concise, well written and professionally published and edited; an excellent addition to any library📚