5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent, 30 May 2013
Wide-ranging yet full of fascinating detail. Hobsbawm combines masterly narrative technique with wry observations and a great deal of entertaining witticisms. The book is divided thematically which reads very nicely. Although it reads easily there's no shortage of probing concepts and Hobsbawm charecteristically challenges assumed moral and intellectual positions on various historical topics. Highly recommended.