Mankind: The Story of All of Us is a 12 part series that looks at the events in human history that have brought us to where we are today. The ability to use and make tools, the harnessing of fire, creating urban areas and civilizations, trade, farming, plague, and of course war. The series follows humans through history telling us how things came about, who was involved in the events, and what it means for how we live our lives now. For instance, there are great reasons for being happy that humans were able to figure out how to harness the power of fire. We were able to keep ourselves warm, give ourselves light, and protect ourselves from wild animals; of course later we learn to use it in different ways as well. But do we think about it’s importance on our physical and intellectual body? By cooking our food our bodies no longer had to work as hard to digest and was able to work a little more on developing our brains. This in depth information is throughout the entire series. Although it should be noted that there is no way this series can look at every single event in human history but it does manage to look at a lot of it.
The production on Mankind: The Story of All of Us, is done very well. There are large scale reenactments and computer generated imaging which included events like the building of the pyramids, battles, and the black plague. Although these images can be used several times throughout the series, it really doesn’t hurt it too much because the quality is so good. We have seen images before of events like the pyramids and battles but the fact that the imagery is to great for all the events, small and large, that makes this really noteworthy.
Mankind: The Story of All of Us is available on a three disc set from History. The three disc set is boxed in a two disc holder, so just be aware that there will be two discs with one on top of the other. There are twelve episodes: “Inventors”, “Iron Men”, “Empires”, ” Warriors”, “Plague”, “Survivors”, “New World”, “Treasure”, “Pioneers”, “Revolutions”, “Speed”, and “New Frontiers.” Included with the set is bonus footage that accompanies much of the information given. This is a great gift idea for the history buff you know.