Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the ten-thousand-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the worlds population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the worlds largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of Indias present in the incredible riches of her past. From the Khyber Pass and the Himalayas to the tropical jungles of Indias Deep South, this original and striking survey of Indian history provides vivid portraits of Indias regions and cultures, and new insights into some of historys greatest figures: Nehru, Gandhi, and the Buddha. It explores the way in which Indian ideas and inventions have shaped the history of the world, and shows how some of ancient Indias conclusions about the nature of civilization have lost none of their relevance for our own times. Michael Wood, one of Britains best-loved historians, captures an extraordinary spectrum of landscapes, architectural splendors, customs, rituals, and festivals. This is a magical mixture of history and travelogue, and an unforgettable portrait of Indias past, present and future.