Essay about This Fleeting World

644 WordsJan 12, 20113 Pages
This Fleeting World This Fleeting World takes about two hundred and fifty thousand years worth of history and compacts it into a one hundred and twenty page book. I believe Christian did a stellar job of doing so. Although short, it is very rich in knowledge about how our world came to be. His points are powerful and well put. This book definitely stands out in all the black and whiteness of history books. This fleeting world ties the start of humanity, to current life very efficiently. The moment the earth was made was when history was first conceived. The introduction tells us about the making of planet Earth, which sets up the scene for the arrival of the Foragers. The history of man consists of three primary eras: the Era…show more content…
He wanted to capture our attention so we could maybe realize the importance of our prehistory. Christian's book gives you a better understanding of the order of how the world began to fall in place. He allows us to know not only what and where, but also when, which is important in understanding our history. Starting out as Homo Sapiens, human kind has come a long way to become what we are today. I believe David Christian backs up his claims exceptionally with information. He creates an outstanding balance between fact and opinion. His opinions are always backed with reasonings and fact, which leave us very convinced and satisfied. For example; “The emergence of new forms of radical anti-Westernization is merely one reflection of growing resistance to Western values” (Christian 88). He then backs up his claim in the next paragraph stating, “In 1960 the wealthiest 20 percent of the world's population earned about thirty times as much as the poorest twenty percent; in 1991 the wealthiest twenty percent earned sixty-one times as much” (Christian 88). To prove his point, Christian applies opinions, facts, statistics, and judgement to stand next to his claims. He is a writer in accuracy, not just opinion. David Christian has indeed written a phenomenal book that breaks down our history into satisfactory proportions. It gives us a better grasp
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