Well I was all excited to get the new Niall Ferguson, so I put it on hold at the library. Thank goodness I did as this review said what I most feared. That it was a long history of things we mostly already knew without that much value add. The Amazon reviews are very positive, but if I am going to read an 800 page history, it had better be really good, not just decent. So unless someone tells me otherwise, I am taking this one back.