It comes as no surprise that different parts of the world view the history of the world in different ways, or that the western view of history that I learned in school is not the only story. The history of the world is too vast and complex to wrap up neatly into a single coherent narrative, especially when different cultures view events through different contexts. This book presents an alternative view of world history: both events that are entirely ignored by the western worldview, and others that intersect and contradict that viewpoint.
The series of events as laid out by Ansary is well-organized and well-presented, though he admits up front that it is a biased tale (just like the western version of history is). I listened to the audio version, read by the author, and enjoyed the narration. Normally, I don’t really read/listen to straight-academic sorts of nonfiction, but this one was really good, and I highly recommend it to those interested in other, non-western views of history.