With one family's 950,000-year-old footprints on a beach, award-winning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore pieced together a remarkable, captivating account of the world's greatest dynasties. From palace intrigues to groundbreaking technologies, explore human history through stories of love, war, migration, plague, and religion. Meet an extraordinary cast of characters, from beggar-founder Hongwu to pirate-queen Sayyida al-Hurra and modern leaders like Obama, Putin, and Zelensky. Witness brutal succession wars, treacherous conspiracies, and inspiring benevolence. Enchanting like a novel, The World: A Family History of Humanity gives us the whole human story in a single, powerful narrative.