Review of the UK edition: "The authors have put as much effort into the design as the data and their book is meant to entertain as much as to inform." -- The Economist The Infographic History of the World starts at the dawn of time and launches into a 13.8 billion-year journey. Four sections--In the Beginning, Getting Civilized, Nation Building, and The Modern World--present world history as a visual essay of facts, trends and timelines. It is history done in a new way, a beautifully designed collection of insightful and revealing infographics that tell us where we've been and where we're heading. The book's design cleverly mirrors the content, opening with parchment-like paper stock, primitive typography and no color and progressing to glossy pages, minimalist design and brilliant color. Seventy-four topics, 100 infographics and 224 pages weave a story of civilization and conquest, of war and peace, of science and invention, as well as some of the big issues of the day. When did everything in the universe come into being? When did the crusaders set sail? Is religion growing or disappearing? Which countries are eating all the food, causing all the pollution and taking all the drugs? Do more guns equal more gun deaths? What are we dying of and how quickly are we changing? Will we survive the next millennium? The Infographic History of the World is as entertaining a reference as is possible. It will inspire and inform from its permanent place on the coffee table. It is for all ages and all interests and perfect for a society hooked on instant information.