I nearly didn't read this book because of the title. I am researching the New Stone Age (Neolithic) period but didn't want to get side-tracked by all the books published about Stonehenge. Consequently, 'Stonehenge' in the title put me off reading this book. I am glad that I did read it. Very little of the content is about Stonehenge itself but it is put into context by this book. It is a comprehensive overview of the New Stone Age period: the environment, early farming, settlements, causewayed enclosures, henges, stone circles, burial mounds, axe factories, pottery, communications. The first three parts of the book should be read by anyone interested in this period. In the final part of the book, the author attempts to explain some of the mysteries. Since we do not have evidence, archeologists today will be less happy about this last part. However, I feel that he has given some plausible explanations. The author has not mentioned that some of the causewayed enclosures show evidence of attack and destruction and that this wasn't an altogether peaceful period. Neither do I think that he has given enough consideration to communication by river, especially along the Thames. Anybody interested in the New Stone Age should start with this book - it is one of the best.