NEIL MacGREGOR was director of the National Gallery, London, from 1987 to 2002 and of the British Museum from 2002 to 2015. His previous books include A History of the World in 100 Objects, Shakespeare's Restless World, and Germany: Memories of a Nation, between them translated into more than a dozen languages. In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of Merit, the UK's highest civil honor. He is now chair of the steering committee of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.
This highly enjoyable study of religion shows how central it was--and is--to our world. . . . [MacGregor] and his publishers must be hoping that Living with the Gods sells as prodigiously as A History of the World in 100 Objects did. It certainly should, as it deserves to. . . . This is one of the most generously illustrated books I have seen at this price in years. . . . Anyone wishing to deepen if not change their life, will certainly benefit from this remarkable book. --Doublas Murray, Evening Standard (London) It is because MacGregor draws on his knowledge to open new perspectives that Living with the Gods is such a mind-expanding book. --John Carey, The Sunday Times The writing is clear and personable, and the illustrations nothing short of spectacular--230 images in both color and black and white. A fine popular work on the material history of religion. --Ray Olson, Booklist A whirlwind, though deeply satisfying, tour of the world's religions . . . As good a comparative survey of religion as there is and a pleasure to contemplate. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)