This is a must read for all people today -- required reading for anyone who aspires to understand the world we are actually living in now. After reading this book, so much of what's going on, and has been going on during the last century or so, suddenly makes SENSE. Perplexing events, social conundrums, the "whys" and "how could this haves" that have plagued thinking people in recent decades are clearly answered. A picture emerges which is totally cohesive. The way that Hitchcock structures his book is very unusual but truly brilliant: he merely states a year, beginning with 740 A.D., and lists pertinent historical events that occurred that year. He offers very little commentary, but his theses are supported all the more powerfully because he doesn't -- the facts speak eloquently, shockingly, clearly for themselves. He brings his chronology all the way up to the year 2005. Yet within this unorthodox structure is a narrative which is exceedingly readable. It's fascinating, gripping even. This is one of the most illuminating and important books you will ever read. It is a liberating experience; the truth will, indeed, set you free.