Happy new year, everyone. I have been mostly cleaning my study to create space for some new arrivals, but I wanted to take a moment to mention some new additions to the bookshelves here at head office.
It’s Larry Gonick’s two-volume Cartoon History of the Modern World, which is in turn the conclusion to his three-volume Cartoon History of the Universe, about my love of which I have written before. I loved the early volumes when I was a kid, and while there are some bits you want to fact-check (and, as in history, maybe a few things that aren’t quite appropriate for younger readers, although of course younger readers love that sort of thing), I think that for the level of detail they contain they’re actually pretty good basic history books. And, of course, they’re a lot of fun. There are five volumes in total, plus a Cartoon History of the United States, which I had at one point.
- Cartoon History of the Universe, Vol. I
- Cartoon History of the Universe, Vol. II
- Cartoon History of the Universe, Vol. III
- Cartoon History of the Modern World, Vol. I
- Cartoon History of the Modern World, Vol. II
- Cartoon History of the United States
Anyway, I’ve already started on these and I’m looking forward to getting them done, although I’ve shelved them for now.