This history book offers a valuable international perspective. It concentrates on events in the United States, but Giudici also incorporates events in Europe, and to a lesser degree in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. The book's focus is political and economic and its main proposition is that as this century progressed, countries and their economies became ever more inextricably intertwined (though, interestingly, at the same time more and more independent countries were created out of former larger political entities). The job of boiling down complex political material is well done. However, due to the book's breadth, the discussion is necessarily quick and can occasionally be difficult to follow, particularly when it focuses on territorial conflicts. Maps would have been a great help, but they can easily be accessed elsewhere. My only criticism is the layout--the substantial captions to the photos and drawings which appear on every page, while engaging, continually draw the attention away from the main narrative.