"You'd be hard-pressed to come away with an imaginative look at a city's
history without having to do a lot of research. But with this
incredibly detailed, brilliant book, you learn—in one read—what
makes London the city it is today," says Spacey of Ackroyd's biography
of the city on the Thames, which has become a treasured guide to his new
home. "As an American moving here, I didn't know the history of London.
I learned details about the city I wouldn't think to ask about."