From the Inside Flap
Ian Crofton, the author of numerous books of popular history, brings his lively style to bear in a series of essays ranging from ancient Egypt to modern China, from the Vikings and the Mongols to the French Revolution and the Cold War.
Each chapter is accompanied by a detailed timeline of dates and events, and the flavour of the period concerned is brought to life by selected contemporary quotations from figures as diverse as Aristotle, Saladin, Christopher Columbus, Galileo, Thomas Jefferson, Mary Wollstonecraft, Lincoln and Winston Churchill. In addition, each brief, insightful article sheds light on a range of fascinating topics, from the Nazca Lines to Renaissance man, from Confucianism to Alexander the Great's horse, from Islamic science and the Barbary corsairs to the Enigma code and the atomic bomb.
Both enlightening and stimulating, this is all the history you will ever need to know.