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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

A great read if you have the determination to finish it.

 on 4 April 2017
By Robert J Godwin-Bratt
This is a well crafted journey thorough humanities existence to date. If reads like a book rather than a long winded diary, which is no mean feat, and a credit to the author.

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!

A good solid read.

 on 19 July 2017
By Victor Bourne
A very well written overview of world history. Marr has an eye for significant detail, and at the same time maintains a steady pace and broad historical sweep. Excellent for those who want to keep in mind an overall picture of historical sequence, as background to studying particular periods in more detail, or making better sense of our own times.

Buy it

 on 3 October 2017
By Thomas
Great book. It is a fascinating read. If you have always been interested in reading and are looking for an area to investigate further this is a great book, as a result of its’ descriptions of various era’s I didn’t know much about I have bought several other books to learn more about them.

Excellent and accessible overview of world history

 on 28 September 2017
By mrs p severs
Very well written, not overly academic, it makes an interesting and informative account of some well known, and some not so well known historical events. As the subject is so huge it doesn’t dwell long on each chapter, but sets out in a logical way how events are directly or indirectly linked and allows reflection on history’s great successes and disasters and how this has influenced modern times. It is now a little dated as recent political and natural events are changing the order of things at such a rapid pace. But history is not static, it is dynamic, and as soon as the historian puts his pen down, another chapter begins. And so on.

A great world history

 on 25 December 2017
By P C Brickwood
To cover the breadth of human history is no small undertaking and Andrew Marr does a great job picking on the great trends and concepts in the sweep of the 10000 plus years. I liked his conclusions around pace of technology being far faster than the development of human political structures.

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.

Simply a great book

 on 3 February 2016
By jorge
This is a great book, a real tour de force. InitiallyI thought Andrew Marr had set himself an impossible task but as I advanced from chapter to chapter I realised he has great synoptical capacities, probably learnt from TV documentaries and therefore he has been able to condense world history into the number of pages of this marmite of a book. Mr Marr is not afraid of offering a personal opinion on many historical characters, nor does he avoid difficult or akward periods of history. It is as if a very educated person could tell a long story in a wonderfully condensed way and keeping us entertained all along.

If you have the slightest interest in world affairs then read this.

 on 7 December 2017
By Mike
Bit hazy on history? Need an all round perspective on the broad sweep of world history. Islam, Roman Europe, Relationship with China? This is it. You’ll feel like you’ve done a history degree. Great stuff.

Comprehensive and scholarly

 on 2 September 2015
By Peter Steward
To try to cover world history in a little over 600 pages is a daunting if not impossible task, but one that Marr attempts manfully.
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