The breadth of knowledge displayed by Findlay in these 2318 pages is incredible, but what makes this book different from other histories is that whereas others are swayed in their accuracy by political or religious concerns, this one is direct in its allocation of blame for humanity's tragedies. Basically, Findlay goes about showing the devastating effects of ignorance on the history of humanity, ignorance of our true nature as human beings, as well as what really leads to happiness and contentment. Ignorance truly is the root of all evil, and as it has slowly been stamped out, despite the best attempts of the Christian Church to keep humanity in ignorance (all General Education Bills to give education to the masses were opposed by the Church of England, as were the bills to abolish slavery, child labour, torture and public flogging), society has steadily improved. Why this book almost seems to have become an underground classic but is not really quoted by anyone of repute is that he pulls no punches, be it with the British ruling classes and monarchy, organised religion (Christianity, Islam and Judaism take a pounding), Capitalism, Communism, etc. No one could really accuse him of picking on any particular group, but quote him out of context and you'll very quickly be crossing the lines of political correctness. However, all those who believe historical objectivity is of greater significance than following the dictates of political correctness will find this a fascinating book. Consider though that (1) the writing style is a little old and (2) it took me around 6 months to work my way through it, having taken a break between each volume with some lighter reading material.