Competition: 5 copies of our new Illustrated Edition of ‘A Little History of the World’ to give away on Twitter!

A Little History of the World - CompetitionTo celebrate the publication of E. H. Gombrich’s A Little History of the World: Illustrated Edition we will be giving away a copy of this sumptuous new book every day on Twitter until the end of the week, starting today!

The competition will run until this Friday (21 October 2011). To enter simply follow @yalebooks on Twitter and tweet your answer to that day’s simple Gombrich-related question, using the hashtag
#GombrichLittleHistory. Easy!

We will be tweeting a question every day at between 12-1pm. You have until midnight that day to tweet the correct answer using the hashtag above. We will announce the winner the following morning (winning participents will be asked to Direct Message us your email address so that we can make contact and arrange delivery of A Little History of the World).

We have 5 copies to give away of this beautifully illustrated new book. Good luck!

About the Book

In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in over thirty languages across the world.

First published in English in 2005, A Little History of the World has sold over half a million copies and become one of the treasures of historical writing. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colourful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science.

Given his subsequent career, it is not a surprise that Gombrich’s text suggests illustrations on every page. This new illustrated edition brings together the pellucid humanity of his narrative with the images that may well have been in his mind’s eye as he wrote the book. With a revised preface, new maps, two hundred illustrations (most in colour), high-grade design and classic binding, this is both a sumptuous gift book and an enhanced edition of a timeless account of human history. More

A Little History of the World: Illustrated Edition is part of Yale’s Little History series. To find out more visit or

Map from the illustrated edition of 'A Little History of the World'

Map from the illustrated edition of 'A Little History of the World'

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