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  • The most absorbing account on offer of the emergence of a world divided between have and have-nots... Never before put together so coherently, with such a combination of expertise, charm and compassion

    The Times
  • A book of remarkable scope... One of the most important and readable works on the human past

  • A prodigious, convincing work, conceived on a grand scale

  • This is the book that turned me from a historian of medieval warfare into a student of humankind

    Yuval Noah Harari, Week
  • Fascinating, coherent, compassionate and completely accessible

    Sunday Telegraph

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