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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.

6 people found this helpful.
 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.

A good solid read.

One person found this helpful.
 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.

The notes and references for further reading are excellent. I’ll be buying more from this very capable …

One person found this helpful.
 on 10 November 2016
By Davesks
A fascinating, instructive and long book. Concentrating on the personalities of history loses some of the context and says less about popular movements. Some people and events seem to flash by too quickly. The notes and references for further reading are excellent. I’ll be buying more from this very capable and knowledgable man.

A stellar effort

2 people found this helpful.
 on 20 November 2016
By Andrew Phillips
To cover such a vast topic consicely and to keep the reader involved takes a highly skilled writer. I feel like I have a much clearer view of the world and how my life fits into such a huge melange.

Five Stars

 on 18 July 2017
By PatB
An excellent intelligent book

Five Stars

 on 23 July 2017
By steve
VERY GOOD

Marr writes engagingly and with the kind of all-encompassing perspective …

 on 19 July 2017
By Brendan Dare
Marr writes engagingly and with the kind of all-encompassing perspective that gives the reader a firm grasp on the subject which, after all, is huge.

Book came in good condition, but perhaps marginal that it was ‘very …

 on 12 July 2017
By JohnG
Book came in good condition, but perhaps marginal that it was ‘very good’ as advertised.

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