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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"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.
"A vague title but fairly compensating"
It was a good brisk walk through eastern (mildly) but mostly western history. Talking mostly of the many wars, monarchs, emperors, empires and the rise and falls of civilisation. I liked it as I have a very limited knowledge of history.
"great introduction to world history"
Gives a great insight into topics I haven't read about before, so its a great introduction to world history.
"Essential overview of human story"
From a point of view of the major changes in the way humans live and interact, and some of the flash points that have lead to them, this is probably my favourite book ever. For a scientific companion, look for bill brysons short history of nearly everything. These two will sort you out fantastically well.
"Thoroughly enjoyable, a great read/listen"
Very well written and very well read. I was thoroughly engaged start to finish, well paced, totally fascinating and entertaining. I would recommend this to absolutely anyone. It is the best audio book I have tried so far. The fact that Andrew Marr has wrote it impartially, the narrator was able pitch it perfectly in a non-judgmental manner. I will defiantly be listening to it again.
"so so so well done"
comprehensive without being overwhelming and incredibly well researched. Gripping, thoughful
Andrew Marr - intelligent, honest and open
I gave the performance 4 starts simply because compared to Andew's reading, David's feels a little more subdued and loses out. however, it is a very well read book
the book starts by a very honest and open preface by Andrew Marr read by himself. He is unpretentious and is anything but a stuffy historian. Despite that, the book is very well researched, up-to-date with the modern understanding and archeological finds. In addition to interesting facts, it gives the feeling of coherence to the story and presents a rounded view of the history of us as people that closely resonated with mine. I have been wanted to broaden my historical knowledge but whatever book I read reviews for was either comprehensive and dull or too supercilious. this book is neither so I highly recommend. Shame that is was not Andew reading out all of it but David is very very good
I love Big History, and this 26 hour long blitz through the rise and rise of humanity - in all its multifarious and nefarious cultural forms - is pure bliss. Andrew Marr has basically taken the best bits from the best history books and strung them together into one very readable narrative. I don't think there's anything particularly ground-breaking here, but it successfully and entertainingly contextualises and compares the empires, technologies and memes that have shaped the society we find ourselves in now. An excellent story, well narrated - read it and feel glad you don't live back then.
The completeness of the book was fantastic and very well written
Finding out that Morris dancing came from Moorish dancing
Sheer brilliance from start to finish
"History of everything"
Vital. Engrossing. Epic.
History has too many to choose from. the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is obviously always my favourite.
Not applicable, all performances were great though.
The Opium Wars.
Really comprehensive, engaging history book. Marr makes it personal, and despite the scope, you never feel overwhelmed or completely lost.
I cannot comment because I haven't read the print version.
The part about Alexander the Great.
History but not as you know it!
An excellent, informative and fascinating book. It covers so much of the world's history! A triumph of patience and research.
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