While I've only just received the book, what I've read so far suggests yet another piece of outstanding work by Norman Lewis. Though my main interests lie in world history (essentially in Asian history), and I've read most all of the author's books and am always enthralled by what he's written, his description of whatever he relates is just wonderful beyond words. I recommend Norman Lewis' books to anyone, regardless of the subject matter. I just wish I could write half as well as he did. It'll be a sad day for me when I've read all of Norman Lewis's books.