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Despite the rather tepid reviews in Amazon, I’ve settled down to the first hour of listening to the audiobook version of this baby, and am thoroughly enjoying it.  It assumes that I’m a Western reader, which is rather off-putting, but the gentle treatment of the material so far has been fascinating.  Of course, it could just be me being overly and unreasonably enamored over the trivial beginnings of the book.

History is fascinating.  This was certainly not true when I was younger, but I’m finding as I’m growing older that the world is not only complex in nature, but endlessly interesting.  Why did things happen they way they did, and does it explain why things are what they are now? 

I find myself thrust into history because of my interest in politics, and surprised at finding out just how tightly intertwined the two subjects really are.