Mr. Jackson was not just an able scholar, but he was a notable writer. This book, as are his others (I've read them all), is very easy to read, never going over the heads of those hardly acquainted with the many aspects of African history with which he deals. His chapters on "Egypt and the Evolution of Civilization" and "Africa and the Civilizing of Europe" are worth the entire price of the book. The introduction, by the late Dr. John Henrick Clarke, is one of the best I've read. Introduction to African Civilizations is well-documented, and is, in my opinion, a classic written by an academic giant.