From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series.
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 listenable, this is popular history at its very best.
©2012 Andrew Marr (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio
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very good audio book. would recommend to people who are interested in history in general and human psychology to some extent. the narrator has a few words which i found he pronounce unusually, but very easy to listen to in general. worth the money!
wonderfully narrated book which had me captivated. I've missed bus stops, phone calls and Tube stops because of this book.
Great work. Enjoyable and well organised.
The reader is well spoken. and the pace is good
"This changed how I look at human history."
The entirety of human history has never been presented with such simple, concise, holistic and accessible way.
"An essential historical overview"
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I thought I had a good grasp of history and whilst I had some detailed knowledge of certain eras, this book has enabled me to place that knowledge in a tangible context. I enjoyed it so much I am now going to buy the paper copy for future ease of reference.
"Very impressive achievement"
A great attempt at what is an impossible task - summarising human history and the events and people that have shaped us. Works very well in audible format and made 28 hours commuting time much more bearable and fruitful!
"Very interesting and well written"
Enjoyed very much listening. I'll listen it for a second time and recommend it to friends. Excellent overall view of world History. Met my expectations. Reduced reading speed to 75 pc, found it a good pace for non native English speakers.
"Buy it and listen!"
I wasn't sure I could listen to it all but the readers voice and Mr. Marrs information got me threw to the very last word. I feel a better informed member of this planet for having listened. Please do your self a favour and listen and learn...
Very intersting book to listen to while on the way to work or doing house keeping. as for a European it took me down to earth and thought that there are many more cultures besides Western one responsible for shaping the world we are living in...
"Great history book."
Really enjoyed this. A rattling journey through history with the added pleasure of Andrew Marr's wry look at the way we have lived and how we are now.
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