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Publisher's Summary

In 1999, few people had thought to examine the effects of climate on civilization. Now, due in part to the groundbreaking work of archaeologist Brian Fagan, climate change is a central issue.

Revised and updated 10 years after its first publication, Floods, Famines and Emperors remains the definitive account of how the world's best-known climate event had an indelible impact on history.

©2009 Brian Fagan; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A clear, fascinating look at an aspect of climate studies - and of El Niño - mostly ignored by science." (Amazon.com review)
"Fagan describes the mechanisms and effects of El Niños, La Niñas and other far-reaching meteorological events and then discusses how several societies have coped with them. Could severe climatic change topple a modern civilization? 'No one force--overpopulation, global warming, or rapid climate change--will destroy our civilization. But the combination of all three makes us prey to the knockout blow that could.'" (Scientific American)

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Potentially excellent, heavily flawed

I have no complaints about the actual text- interesting subject matter and the text is on the whole well written. Unfortunately, the well-written prose and fascinating facts are robbed of any interest by the turgid and monotonous narration. I found myself getting frustrated at how boring this otherwise excellent book was being made simply by a poor choice of narrator.

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  • 02-25-16

Meh.

Rambles alot. Doesn't seem to come to a conclussion. I normally like Fagan's work, but this...