"In a remarkable book Vermeer's magical paintings become windows that reveal how daily life - from Delft to Beijing - was transformed. 'Brook takes his readers on a journey that encompasses Chinese porcelain and beaver pelts, global temperatures and firearms, shipwrecked sailors, silver mines and Manila galleons. A book full of surprising pleasures.' - Jonathan Spence, author of The Search for Modern China 'A more entertaining guide to world history is difficult to imagine.' Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's Dome 'An absolutely wonderful idea, beautifully executed.' Tom Standage, author of A History of the World in Six Glasses"
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About the Author
Timothy Brook completed this book while a John Simon G uggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. He holds the Shaw Chair in Chinese at Oxford U niversity and is the author of many books, including the award-winning Confusions of Pleasure.