Ten stars, not just five! And be thankful this fabulous book has finally been reprinted! If kids were taught history from this book maybe, just maybe, they would understand the why's instead of just memorizing a lot of quickly forgotten dates. Colin Wilson takes us through the history of the human race, beginning with an overview of man and how his brain works and why he does the things he does. He explains the evolution of crime, from the necessity which caused one tribe to take the land of another to the current serial and spree killers. And the great thing about this book is that Wilson gives us reasons, he tells us about the mentalities, the ways of thinking, at various times during history. Knowing that something happened is not enough, something most history books fail to appreciate. Understanding the climate and mentality of the time puts a whole new vista on historical events. Everything may not be in here, granted, the book is not new, but it is truly a fascinating account, probably the best history book ever written. I have three kids, and all three not only read the book but wanted copies of their own. Now, for a history book, that is a pretty good recommendation!