[A] triumph: hugely popular, and rightly lauded as one of the most effective and intellectually ambitious initiatives in the making of 'public history' for many decades.
The Sunday Telegraph
Highly intelligent, delightfully written and utterly absorbing.
The objects have been beautifully photographed, Mr MacGregor's voice comes through distinctively and his arguments about the interconnectedness of disparate societies through the ages are all the stronger ... A book to savour and start over.
This is a story book, vivid and witty, shining with insights, connections, shocks and delights.
The Daily Telegraph
The style is authentic, personal and humorous. MacGregor could not have skewered our pretensions better ... Look on our works, ye mighty, and despair.
Brilliant, engagingly written, deeply researched.