"Let me say at once: this is not only the most learned and the most intelligent, it is also the most stimulating and fascinating book that has ever set out to recount and explain the whole history of mankind. I have read it, slowly--it is not written for fast reading--from cover to cover. I shall often turn to it again. To read it is a great experience. It leaves echoes to reverberate, and seeds to germinate in the mind...How can anyone briefly review such a book as this? It covers 5000 years of humanity. It is not merely a history of 'The West': it is a history of the world..."McNeill, William H. is the author of 'Rise of the West A History of the Human Community With a Retrospective Essay', published 1992 under ISBN 9780226561417 and ISBN 0226561410.