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The Prehistoric World; or, Vanished races   By: (1853-)

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The Prehistoric World; or, Vanished races by Emory Adams Allen takes readers on an enthralling journey through time, unraveling the mysteries of our prehistoric past. Historical fiction enthusiasts and avid archaeology buffs will find themselves captivated by the author's meticulous attention to detail and immersive storytelling.

The book serves as a comprehensive guide, meticulously examining the vanished races that once inhabited our planet. Allen's extensive research is evident on every page, as he skillfully weaves together scientific discoveries, mythologies, and archaeological evidence to create a vivid depiction of prehistoric life. From the early civilizations of Egypt and the Aztecs to the majestic world of dinosaurs and mammoths, the author leaves no stone unturned.

One of the book's standout features is how Allen expertly balances intellectual insight with engaging narratives. Rather than presenting dry facts and figures, he transports readers to different time periods and landscapes, allowing them to visualize these long-lost civilizations and creatures. This unique approach not only educates but also entertains, making the reading experience thoroughly enjoyable.

Furthermore, Allen's ability to explain complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner is commendable. Even readers with limited knowledge of prehistoric eras will feel at ease delving into the various chapters. The author seamlessly combines scientific facts with imaginative storytelling, ensuring a well-rounded reading experience for audiences of all backgrounds.

In addition to the rich content, the book features stunning illustrations that bring these ancient worlds to life. The vivid imagery serves as a visual aid, enhancing the reader's understanding and imagination. It is evident that great care has been taken to include visually appealing artwork that aligns perfectly with the text, creating a harmonious reading experience.

Despite its many merits, one minor criticism could be the occasional lack of depth in certain sections. While the book covers a vast array of subjects, some topics are given less attention than others, leaving readers wanting more detailed exploration. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall reading experience, as it is clear that the author's intention was to provide an overview rather than an exhaustive study of every vanished race.

In conclusion, The Prehistoric World; or, Vanished races is an absorbing and informative read that delves into the depths of our prehistoric past. Emory Adams Allen's captivating storytelling, meticulous research, and accessible writing style create a truly engaging exploration of extinct civilizations and creatures. This book is a must-read for those who yearn to unravel the mysteries of our ancient world and discover the wonders that have long since vanished.

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By E. A. Allen

Author of "The Golden Gems of Life."

Nashville: Central Publishing House, 1885.

Copyright By Ferguson, Allen, And Rader, 1885.

Each of the following well known Scholars reviewed one or more Chapters, and made valuable suggestions:

C. C. ABBOTT, M.D., Author of "Primitive Industry."

Prof. F. W. PUTNAM, Curator of Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.

A. F. BANDELIER, Explorer for Archaeological Institute of America, author of "Archaeological Tour in Mexico."

Prof. CHARLES RAU, Curator of Archaeological Department of Smithsonian Institution.

ALEXANDER WINCHELL, LL.D., Professor of Geology and Paleontology, University of Michigan.

CYRUS THOMAS, PH.D., Of the Bureau of Ethnology.

G. F. WRIGHT, Of the United States Geological Survey, Professor in Theological Seminary, Oberlin, Ohio.


In this volume the author has sought to lay before the reader a description of life and times lying beyond the light of history. This is indeed an extensive subject, and calls for some explanation, both as to the general design of the work and what steps have been taken to secure correct information.

History is a word of varied import. In general, when we talk about history, we mean those accounts of past events, times, and circumstances of which we have written records... Continue reading book >>

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