Trawling Twenty Centuries is an intriguing look behind the scenes of the making of a museum, the people and the inevitable politics involved. The excitement grows when the author takes the reader along a fourteen country research quest to create the museum's content. The fast paced, rapidly moving data-trawling operation brings up surprising details of the anthropology, geography, history, religion, architecture and archeology of the times and places. For the reader tempted to follow in the footsteps of the story, the book acts as a remarkable travel guide. It is an information studded analysis of a 2000 year span that connects the ancient with the modern while keenly observing a most unusual cast of international characters with a generous dollop of humor.