Huge and sweeping. For the first time you realise how vast history is especially when events that have whole books written about them are covered in only one or two pages here. I found the Euro-christian-centric sentimentality somewhat irritable though occasionally there is the nudge to Asia especially China. Nevertheless, this book is not going to replace more extensive readings on specific events, say Greece or Rome or the crusades or the French revolution etc. With accounts rushing past with such bracing speed, I felt I learnt more of history than from history. That said I don't know how else you can cover two hundred thousand years of homo sapiens existence. It took me a month to finish requiring patience and dogged brute force to get through its 1200 pages. But it's probably as good an overview as one is likely to get.
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