A History of the World

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Pan Macmillan, Sep 27, 2012 - History - 500 pages
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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.

A History of the World 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.


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User Review  - mckaori - LibraryThing

Impressed by the insight I gained from reading William Hague's book, I was excited to delve into an overview of history by Andrew Marr. I made the effort to read to the end, even though Marr ... Read full review

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

This is an exhaustive effort. I give the author full marks for effort and research, but four stars for the reading pleasure, owing to my interest waning from the age of invention onwards. I was more engaged by the earliest times through to the mid-to-late 1700s. Read full review


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Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC’s Political Editor. He has written and presented TV documentaries on history, science and politics, and presents the weekly Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and Start the Week on Radio 4. He has written several books, including A History of 20th Century Britain and A History of Modern Britain. He lives in London with his family.

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