Fascinating book, sweeping in scope, well worth reading. Lubbock didn't feel gimmicky, even though he sometimes was. The balance between human narrative and archaeological discovery was well-struck, though I might have preferred a stronger lean toward the former. Covers some of the same ground as Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
but looks more for details than general trends. A good base for figuring out which prehistorical societies are most interesting. Wealth of story ideas.