I was afraid, from the advance description, that this was going to be another of those books of general science in tabloid form. But it isn't. The author covers a vast amount of territory, but more in the way of a syllabus, interestingly and provocatively written, than an exhaustive digest of dry facts. From the earliest known facts of space and time, through the steps of progress from the first appearance of life to modern man, he approaches the problems of man and society, through the ages, of religion, science, education, the development of racial and national and political consciousness, to the acquisition of wealth, the growth of government, the problems of war and crime. A one volume introduction to the universe and mankind.