Based on the documentary of the same name — Chinese Characters in Five Thousand Years, this book introduces the evolvement of Chinese characters. It also demonstrates the impact Chinese characters have exerted on the enduring unification of China, and on the passing on of Chinese culture. Serving as comparisons, the evolution of other languages are also discussed during the narration of the history of Chinese characters. This book is rich in information, and presents Chinese characters as seen in a wider context. Interspersed interviews with experts from related fields add a lively and genial touch to the book.