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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I found this to be the perfect subject matter for an audiobook. The book is full of interesting information and read in an engaging way. The spoken word really lifts the information in a way that I doubt a physical book could.
A must for anyone with even a passing an interest in history and probably a good starting point for anyone who has never delved into history at all.
"A Stunning Epic and Opus"
Marr sets himself as the journalist and chronicler off our times with this supremely reseached and accessible work. His style presents enormous content in a very digestible form.
The narration by Timpson is simply top class too. Everyone should know this story -
"Easy to follow, very interesting"
This is a great "read" and I went through the audiobook in less than a week.
It's probably more accurately described as a "History of the Human Race" as it starts and concentrates on the beginning of Man, with little about the world itself.
It's also back-loaded with much more about the last 300 years, but I guess that's because we have more recorded material from that time!
"Everything you always wanted to know"
... about the history of the world. Andrew Marr's excellent book is not read by him (only the introduction) but that doesn't matter at all. Many of the subjects he touches upon will be vaguely familiar, but the two major selling points for this book are:
- you'll find out more about things you knew a bit about, and
- mr. Marr puts things in perspective by connecting world events to other world events happing on or around the same time, providing a much more complete picture of what was going on in the world and how events relate to each other.
You would never read a book of this length, bread and diversity but listening to it is very enjoyable. Rather than a dense collection of facts, Andrew Marr presents his world history in interesting and accessible short stories. I felt I could jump for chapter to chapter, or return to certain parts, and still enjoy the narrative. I recommend trying to listen to a complete chapter at a time. With a work this extensive (3 parts) its is difficult to think of taking in the 'big picture' but I finish the book will a feeling of experiencing the best and worst of human society. 200% recommended.
"A thrill to read"
I looked forward to every next listen while going through this book. I love these big picture overviews of huge bodies of knowledge and in this one I think there is a lot of valuable information that is not only interesting, but also gives insight on our current world and historic origins of the ideas that influence how we live today. Well read too if you don't mind a bit of English plum.
"A GREAT BOOK ON THE WORLD HISTORY"
I first heard about this book on a BBC TV programme; the programme was presented by the author Andrew Mar himself! The author has a unique style ; he uses simple words to put his message across. This book grips the attention of the listener from the beginning till end. It covers all the major events and turning points of our known human journey - from African Caves to the present day high tech world of skyscrapers! This is a must listen for all interested in world history!
It must be a great challenge writing a history of the world. What do you put in it and more importantly, what do you leave out? Marr has done an admirable job with this. As someone who has read many history books I found this one refreshingly interesting as it was not written from a Eurocentric perspective. Great civilisations of India, China and central and South America are included.
"A must read!"
Full of amazing facts! A fantastic book to become an expert in the history of the world! You can impress your friends and family during gossip time!
"A Great Romp Through Time"
Really enjoyed this. You need to appreciate each discrete section that takes you through particular passages of history in different countries and empires. I thought that this was well done and each section dovetailed pretty well into the next.
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