Packed with facts and anecdotes this book will fuel your dinner party conversations for years to come. My only criticism is when Montefiore ventures into Christian theology his understanding is woefully light. Other than that, it's an immense work. All your favourite characters are here: Caesars (lots of them), Herod, Jesus, Mohammed, crusaders and lots more who influenced our culture and who people are still arguing about. If one book will help you understand the world today it could be this one. I'm going to read it twice.
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