• "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"

  • "Fascinating, coherent, compassionate and completely accessible"

    Sunday Telegraph