A thorough (9k words) and interesting book review of Fernand Braudel's Civilisation And Capitalism. The review is worth reading in and of itself even if you don't plan to read the book.
I bought the book after reading this paragraph:
Reading Braudel one gets the impression of an infinite curiosity at work for decades, mining every source for the tiniest piece of data, and then magisterially combining everything together. Despite fairly brutal editing these notes are still way too long, and yet they struggle to capture even a tiny part of the detail and depth that the book contains.