A History of the World

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Author: Andrew Marr

9781447236825 | PB | pp.640 | 2013 | Pan Macmillan

This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us.

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Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs.

This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For ‘the better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.’

Fresh, exciting and vividly readable, this is popular history at its very best.

Author:

Andrew Marr

ISBN:

9781447236825

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

640

Year of Publication:

2013

Publisher:

Pan Macmillan

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

About the Author

Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC’s Political Editor. He has written and presented TV documentaries on history, science and politics, and presents the weekly ‘Andrew Marr Show’ on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and ‘Start the Week’ on Radio 4. He lives in London with his family.

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