A paperback reader's edition of this original and very successful history of humanity. The book's range is enormous, with each chapter immersing the reader in a past civilisation, not just describing the objects and how they were made, but what their significance is. 'Magnificent...brings home to our hearth the long-dead ancestors, the distant races, the heroes and brutes... there is poetry in their survival' "Times"
Neil MacGregor was Director of the National Gallery, London from 1987 to 2002 and of the British Museum from 2002 to 2015, and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin from 2015 to 2018. His previous books include A History of the World in 100 Objects, Shakespeare's Restless World and Germany: Memories of a Nation, all available in Penguin and now between them translated into more than a dozen languages. In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of Merit, the UK's highest civil honour. In 2015 he was awarded the Goethe Medal and the German National Prize. In 2018 the radio series Living with the Gods received the Sandford Saint Martin Award for Religious Broadcasting.