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The publisher is marketing this book to emphasize the theme of globalization, which is clever yet ingenuous. Ancient trade routes, naturally enough, played a large role in the regions surrounding Egypt and Babylon, and Collins (curator of Later Mesopotamian Collections, British Museum) explicates them impressively. While his date range narrows the political parameters substantially, the trade routes are the operative factors here as Collins outlines the political contexts and then coherently relates them to the economics of a host of flourishing societies, from the Egyptians and Aramaeans to the Hittites, Minoans, and Persians. The illustrations-largely of objects from the British Museum-are magnificent, although one would love to know more about each object's provenance. Nevertheless, this work will enhance not only Ancient Near East but classical and religious studies collections as well. The amount of data is formidable, and students of these periods will benefit greatly from Collins's interconnecting of the political and economic with the archaeological record. Although the book is directed at a popular readership, some prior familiarity with the rulers, the major events, and the politics of the period will be valuable given the book's coverage from the end of the Egyptian Empire until the Persian conquests. Additional maps would have aided general readers further, particularly as Collins ties his discussions to archaeological evidence at particular sites. Recommended for academic and public libraries.