The road of the conquerors, as it has been called, connected two great valleys, the valley of the Nile, and the valley lying between the Tigris and the Euphrates. The story of this road becomes the story of kings and conquerors, merchants, soldiers, slaves -- a dramatic pageant of history and story. The author goes back to the story of Abraham, leaving Ur to seek the land of Canaan. Hammurabi, Rameses, the Queen of Sheba, Cyrus the Great, Alexander, Cleopatra, Titus, Haroun al Raschid, Saladin, Marco Polo, Tamerlane, Napoleon and figures of the World War -- by these steps he brings it up to the present, in story interwoven with history and legend. A fascinating book.