I am a professor of History and Humanities and a specialist in Sumer and Akkad. I purchased this book in preparation of a lecture that I was going to deliver to a group of people. I was immediately disappointed in fact returned the book two days later. The book does not offer the reader the information that he or she really needs to cover on this subject, and the writing is very poor. The main problems with the book, besides the above, was the content did not match the title, and the graphics were of very poor quality, the pictures appeared to be taken from a clipart program, and images used throughout the book were highly pixilated. The author spent a couple of chapters covering items wholly unrelated to the theme of the book. All of these problems were too much for me to really enjoy the book. It should be pointed out that the book is through a self-publishing firm and not a reputable publishing house which offers a high level of editorial review and revisions. I would recommend not wasting your time on this one. I sent it back for a refund, and I purchased a couple of other books on the same subject that were much better.
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Bowden, J. (2012, May 15). First Writers-The Sumerians: They Wrote On Clay. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/review/8/
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