New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our fifty-third title: The Political and Strategic History of the World, Vol I: From Antiquity to the Caesars, 14 A.D. by Conrad Black.
The Political and Strategic History of the World, Vol I: From Antiquity to the Caesars, 14 A.D. covers great swathes of time beginning with the earliest written records of the Hebrews, Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, and the ancient East, through the rise of the Greeks and Persians, the conquests of Alexander the Great, and then the rise of Rome, culminating in the Augustan Empire. The great men and women of the ancient world are portrayed with admiration (or opprobrium) and always with a dash of humor and the perspective that only someone as widely read and deeply learned as Lord Black can deliver. This is a landmark history which will stand together with Gibbon, Mommsen, Prescott, and Churchill among the greatest histories of the world ever written.
Advance Praise for The Political and Strategic History of the World, Vol I:
Our modern Gibbon, Conrad Black takes the reader from the dawn of History to the death of Augustus with erudition, humour, insight and immense readability. In the course of the gripping story, he stumbles upon the hugely uplifting (and surprisingly Whiggish) fact that Mankind’s ability to govern itself is improving, albeit in fits and starts.
—Lord Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Lord Black’s ambitious work begins with prehistory and gains momentum with the death of Caesar. It is presented with elegance and erudition.
—Dr. Henry Kissinger
World histories usually require large collaborative teams of scholarly specialists. Contemporary academic history just assumes that are no longer any Gibbons, Mommsens, or Prescotts to be found. Conrad Black, however, is one of a handful of contemporary historians who could undertake a narrative, multivolume history of world civilization, and restore the value of that grand tradition. Yet the singular task requires prodigious research, facility in a number of languages, a lifetime of wide reading and publication, a fertile imagination, common and good sense, scholarly rigor, a masterful prose style, and unrivaled discipline. In all these areas Black excels. And the result is a landmark work of universal history that will enthrall the public and earn the respect and admiration of scholars—for many decades to come.
—Victor Davis Hanson, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, author of Carnage and Culture and The Second World Wars
Lord Conrad Black is a Canadian-born British peer, and former publisher of The London Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Jerusalem Post, and founder of Canada’s National Post. Historian, biographer, columnist, and best-selling author, he is a regular contributor to numerous publications, podcasts, radio, and television In the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Lord Black has published comprehensive histories of both Canada and the United States, as well as authoritative biographies of Maurice Duplessis, and presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard M. Nixon, and Donald J. Trump. He is a dual-citizen (Canada and the U.K.) and has been a member of the British House of Lords as Lord Black of Crossharbour since 2001. His latest work is The Political and Strategic History of the World in three volumes.