"'A provocative and extraordinary contribution to wide-screen comparative history... a true banquet of ideas' (Boyd Tonkin, Independent) 'An important book - one that challenges, stimulates and entertains. Anyone who does not believe there are lessons to be learned from history should start here' (Economist) 'Perhaps the smartest and sanest guide to the twenty-first century so far' (South China Morning Post)"
'A writer of such breathtaking vision and scope as to make him fit to be ranked alongside the likes of Jared Diamond and David Landes' - Professor Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, Cambridge University 'Here you have three books wrapped into one: an exciting novel that happens to be true; an entertaining but thorough historical account of everything important that happened to any important people in the last 10 millennia; and an educated guess about what will happen in the future. Read, learn, and enjoy!' Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography, UCLA, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and Natural Experiments of History