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Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs.

This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For ‘the better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.’

Fresh, exciting and vividly readable, this is popular history at its very best.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9955 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Reprints edition (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023075595X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230755956
  • ASIN: B00967X88E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Where was Andrew Marr when I needed him!

 on 22 August 2017
By Scotia
OMG – I wish he had been my history teacher – where was Andrew Marr when I needed him!

But the early chapters were brilliant – a new and thought provoking idea on every …

 on 9 August 2017
By Mogandazra
I’m about half way through and flagging a little. I don’t care that much about Genghis Khan. But the early chapters were brilliant – a new and thought provoking idea on every page – well, new to me at an rate. I’m confident that the later chapters will be equally well-written and informative.

Good read.

 on 30 August 2017
By Larry O'Brien
Lots of good information, well researched and presented. All the expected historical characters, and some unexpected, but well discussed and structured. Love the fact it’s not any region centric, and covers all regions of the world. At points it does get a bit “preachey” where Mr Marr pushes his views on things like climate change (I agree with him, but just feel he lays it on thick). Interesting views at the end about the evolution of governance. Well worth the read.

) but probably as good as any single

 on 29 August 2017
By Derick Parsons
Solid, if rudimentary, introduction to history. Of necessity can only be a light skimming through centuries of human development (?) but probably as good as any single, quite short book could be.

complicated but informative

 on 29 August 2017
By present purchaser
Interesting and informative. I have not reached the end yet but would recommend the book on the approximately 3/4 I have read so far.

Five Stars

 on 4 September 2017
By Stephen Warwick
A mammoth read and a huge book, not to be read from cover to cover.

Where is democracy really practiced ?.

 on 15 August 2017
By Mr. Squiffle
I chose 5 stars for the easy to understand way it was written.

excellent and insightful

 on 1 September 2017
By Chris Bennett
A truly fascinating read from which I learnt much about the history of mankind and why the world is like it is today. A book that everyone should read

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