Having majored in linguistics in college and studied Koine Greek, Classical Hebrew and Modern Arabic, I purchased this book based on the catalog description. It was all that I hoped, even more. I found the book fasinating. Robinson tells the stories of deciphered languages with engaging style. He obviously loves his subject. He presents with candor, even humor, the history of the attempts to understand those languages which have yet to be deciphered. One of the things he does with facinating success is draw the reader into the process by prsenting the concepts in a text then asking the reader to try it on a different text. Great fun. I expect to sit down with this book in a couple of years and enjoy reading it again.