It weighs about three pounds and is as tall as a very tall snail. From what I can tell thus far, the author, Susan Wise Bauer, is incredibly smart, and adept at taking distant subjects like the ancient Sumerians (read on!) and rendering them alive, interesting, and connect-able to other things. In the teaching world, we call this "activating schema." Activating schema is all about taking a concept, or an area of content, and connecting it to shit we already know. So far, I love it. I think others would love it, too.
Nonetheless, I know that most people aren't going to read this tome. It's just too darn long. Who's got the time?
Answer: people who decide that they've got the time, i.e.: Me.
If you'd like to save time, expand your knowledge of the ancient world, and expand the depths of your (possibly) useless esoteric knowledge--for no reason other than indulgent fun--read on!