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Van Loon's Lives
written and illustrated by
Hendrik Willem van Loon

Being a true and faithful account of a number of highly interesting meetings with certain historical personages, from Confucius and Plato to Voltaire and Thomas Jefferson, about whom we had always felt a great deal of curiosity and who came to us as our dinner guests in a bygone year. The 1944 Edition by Simon and Schuster, New York. Hardcover.

Dec 30, 2007

Posted by Peter Falkenberg Brown

My mother, who was half Dutch (the artist Polly Kapteyn Brown) had this book on her shelf. I loved it as a child, and recently purchased a used copy of the same edition that I grew up with. This book is both fiction and non-fiction, for Van Loon recounts imaginary dinners with historical figures, and then proceeds to actual biography of each one, all done with a great deal of wit.

It's great reading for both adults and teenagers. If you love history, you'll love this book.

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