Hendrik Willem van LoonHendrik Willem Van Loon 1882 1944
was a Dutch-American historian and journalist. Born in Rotterdam
, he came to the United States
in 1903. He was a correspondent during the Russian revolutionary outbreak of 1905 and in Belgium in 1914 at the start of World War I
. During the 1920s he wrote many books, most notably The Story of Mankind
, a history of the world especially for children which won the first Newbery Medal
in 1922. His other books include "The Fall of the Dutch Republic", "The Story of the Bible", "Tolerance", "America" and "R.V.R.: A Fictional Biography of Rembrandt
." His books were popular with the general public, as he emphasized crucial events, emphasized the role of the arts in history and had an informal style which, particularly in The Story of Mankind, included personal anecdotes.
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