7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A much needed coherent view of world history,
This review is from: A People's History of the World (Paperback)
A great eye opening read, very different from the usual historical mass market rubbish centered on personalities of "famous people", usually written by historians who really are little more than tv chefs and hired hacks.
The book is perfectly structured and extremely coherent, full of interesting analysis and things you simply wont read about in the usual history books. Have you ever wondered why the Roman Empire collapsed? Did Jesus really exist? What lay behind the American Revolution? Why did the Islamic world or china not industrialize first? What are the origins of racism? Why did the French revolution fail? Did it Fail? What was Churchills real motivations to fight Germany? These and many other issues are discussed often in depth, but always in a way which is accessible to non academics.
I would rate this book on a par with "guns germs and steel" by Jared Diamond for its originality and ambition. Deserves to be more well known.
Thanks to the author for the well researched further reading section will keep me busy for a few years.