Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age

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In Four Lost Cities, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes readers on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy's southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today.

Newitz travels to all four sites and investigates the cutting-edge research in archaeology, revealing the mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed these ancient settlements. Tracing the early development of urban planning, Newitz also introduces us to the often anonymous workers--slaves, women, immigrants, and manual laborers--who built these cities and created monuments that lasted millennia.

Four Lost Cities is a journey into the forgotten past, but, foreseeing a future in which the majority of people on Earth will be living in cities, it may also reveal something of our own fate.



Author: Annalee Newitz
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 02/02/2021
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.24lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.30w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780393652666

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 10/12/2020
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2020
Library Journal 12/01/2020 pg. 100
Booklist 12/01/2020 pg. 16
Shelf Awareness 02/23/2021