Top positive review
Powerful perspective and truths
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2014
I'm rarely impressed by the Great Courses but this one is exceptional. It delivered exactly what I was looking for: a birds-eye view of all of history and the major forces determining its path. Although I encountered most of the material piecemeal in hundreds of other audiobooks, it was this unified approach that tied it all together. It covers the big bang, galaxy creation, planet creation, life, hunter-gatherer era, horticulture, agriculture, and more. The story is told from a forces or power perspective showing that it could not have happened another way. If you are moving into a systems view of life then this will be a great place to start. I listened to the audio edition and find that there is no compelling reason to get a DVD version. The audio quality is perfect...especially if you know the other English, from UK.