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The Penguin History of the World by J.M. Roberts
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Jun 04, 2012

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Read in May, 2013

Nothing if not pithy, the PHotW crams several thousand years of human history into about 1000 pages. It's done with plenty of wit. Roberts tends toward "macro" observations of social, political and/or religious trends or movements. In the process he sometimes misses or jettisons some surprising details (there's no mention, for example, of Marie Antionette), though he does pepper the book with plenty of interesting observations and the occasional offbeat anecdote (such as the fate of the Roman emperor Valerian, who was skinned alive and taxidermied by the Persians).
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