This book is essentially a collection of almost 500 charts relating to the founding of countries and other important national events. Written by an expert astrologer and historian, the collection is a demonstration of scholarly mastership, where the author's narrative winds through and around the charts, highlighting the most valid points of historical and political significance. This isn't simply a collection of charts and data, though it would be admirable enough at that; Nick has served the interests of astrologers particularly well in offering analysis on the moments of importance, details of other charts that have been suggested or rejected, (and why), and illuminating explanations on the political twists and turns that accompanied their creation. As always, Nick's commentary is lucid, well-researched, easily read, and a source of interest as well as reliable fact. The Introduction alone is a work of major significance, covering important philosophical and methodical issues that need to be addressed by anyone attempting to put such charts to good use.