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From the Publisher“Burrow marshals a lifetime of knowledge and guides the reader effortlessly across the ages.”
“A fascinating compendium.”
—The New Yorker
"A triumph. . . . Reminds us of how often the narratives of the great historians resemble works of literature and of how important a secure grasp of historical fact can be to the progress of culture and the fate of nations."
—The Wall Street Journal
“Absorbingly informative. . . . An exemplar of how history should be written. Witty, scholarly and, above all, fair.”
—The Times (London)