I did an in depth analysis of this book over on History Hound, so I will keep this one short.
This is a quick read, but covers a lot of historical ground, about 2000 years all told. It tells the story of the earliest people from a Biblical point of view, but adds in details from various other fields of study. Written in the narrative, it is engaging and easy to follow. Well worth a read just to understand more of the culture of the earliest Biblical times.