Origin Story: A Big History of everything

David Christian


Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day — and even into the remote future? That is what this book is all about.

In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we’ve come to know as “history.” By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together — from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond.

My opinion

This book really makes you think about big picture. It’s refreshing take on history and specially core concepts of civilization.

For who?

For people who are interested to understand better what is civilization all about.