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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

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.

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.

A thoroughly good read

 on 11 November 2017
By Lee Ambrose
Very interesting,informative and thought provoking book .extremely well written with an easy to follow narrative that takes you from one era to the next , touching on all the great civilizations.

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.

Five Stars

 on 11 November 2017
By Mr. V. Yates
A conscience history of the world ……. In lay mans terms
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