First off this book is not for those looking for a significant treatment of their particular Y DNA or mtDNA. This book will however educate you on the broad movements of Y and mtDNA in Europe. It is also not for someone looking for simplistic answers to very complex questions.
This book is absolutely incredible in the way it takes a multidisciplinary approach to the Peopling of Europe and presents it in a way that is both compelling and understandable to the lay person. It draws heavily on the latest research in linguistics, history, archeology, anthropology and DNA to weave the tale of human migrations and settlement in Europe. Its wonderful maps, charts and illustrations provide excellent illustration for the material presented. I very much appreciate that the author presents different viewpoints and gives us a thorough background of how ideas have changed over time.
Although new research will certainly impact the evidence presented here, unlike another reviewer I do not see that this book will become quickly obsolete. As a genetic genealogist interested in ancient origins this book places genetics into the broader context of history and geography. I am grateful to the author for taking so much information and bringing it together so that those from different perspectives can see what each discipline brings to the table in helping us to understand the migrations of our ancient ancestors.
Perhaps I am influenced by my own belief that anything to do with humans is complicated. I happen to agree with the author that any one single migration is less likely than lots of smaller ones over time and sometimes getting to the same place via very different routes.
The Notes and Bibliography are particularly impressive. This is an exceedingly well researched book presented with all the rigors of an academic textbook but accessible for any one with a keen interest in the subject. Bravo!