McEvedy packs more detail into 130 pages than you could imagine - from Gondwanaland to the African Union. Whichever region of Africa or period of African history you are interested in, this book gives a crash course in its past and its context. The text is crisp and informative - I read it almost straight through and now dip in to remind myself. It is not a coffee table book - the maps are pretty basic, and there are no photos or other illustrations. Nor should you expect to become much of an expert on anything. But it's clear, straightforward and readable, and all most people need to know. And a classic within Penguin's excellent Historical Atlas range.