During formative years, life events shape our destiny. In 1952, my mother gave me seven volumes of The Grolier Society, ‘Lands and Peoples.’ Volume I is pictured above along with an additional Volume I purchased later.
These volumes plus ‘Book of Knowledge’ encyclopedias my mother also acquired as a gift to me opened the world in colored photographs and text for me to see. I became enriched through these books, so much so that I went into history, government, and anthropology during my college coursework and teaching.
Other influences, of course, had their sway on me: university courses at UT-Austin with Ginascol, Morgan, and Bullock; my work under Covey at Howard Payne; and Coach Warren at Brownwood High School who taught me Texas history and was the first lecturer (other than pastors and priests) I ever studied under.
As a tip of craft for college students studying history, world civilization, government, I recommend looking at these volumes (if you can find them), but I also recommend that students use the Google image resource along with the text. Peruse the images about the period you study. Look at the photographs and paintings depicting an event or the archeaology of the Romans or Indus Valley–any topic under study. Use the Google feature to get an image that will enliven the person or event, much like The Grolier Society, ‘Lands and Peoples’ formed my lineament of life thereafter.