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    • Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations

    • By: Brian M. Fagan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Brian M. Fagan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Where do we come from? How did our ancestors settle this planet? How did the great historic civilizations of the world develop? How does a past so shadowy that it has to be painstakingly reconstructed from fragmentary, largely unwritten records nonetheless make us who and what we are?

    These 36 lectures bring you the answers that the latest scientific and archaeological research and theorizing suggest about human origins, how populations developed, and the ways in which civilizations spread throughout the globe.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Conceptually But Becoming Dated

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-25-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • A Little History of Archaeology

    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: Kevin Scollin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    What is archaeology? The word may bring to mind images of golden pharaohs and lost civilizations or Neanderthal skulls and Ice Age cave art. Archaeology is all of these, but also far more: the only science to encompass the entire span of human history - more than three million years! This Little History tells the riveting stories of some of the great archaeologists and their amazing discoveries around the globe.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Like Kent Brockman reading me the encyclopedia

    • By Elaine on 04-30-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Great Warming

    • Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 79
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    The history of the Great Warming of a half millennium ago suggests that we may yet be underestimating the power of climate change to disrupt our lives todayand our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the silent elephant in the room.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good book but unpracticed, disjointed narration.

    • By Paul on 09-12-10

    Regular price: $22.95

    • Cro-Magnon

    • How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans
    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Best-selling author Brian Fagan brings early humans out of the deep freeze with his trademark mix of erudition, cutting-edge science, and vivid storytelling. Cro-Magnon reveals human society in its infancy, facing enormous environmental challenges - including a rival species of humans, the Neanderthals. For ten millennia, Cro-Magnons lived side by side with Neanderthals, an encounter that Fagan fills with drama.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting but speculative and repetitive

    • By Thomas on 07-28-10
    • How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans
    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 03-02-10
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 495 ratings

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Fishing

    • How the Sea Fed Civilization
    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this history of fishing - not as sport but as sustenance - archaeologist and best-selling author Brian Fagan argues that fishing was an indispensable and often overlooked element in the growth of civilization. It sustainably provided enough food to allow cities, nations, and empires to grow, but it did so with a different emphasis. Where agriculture encouraged stability, fishing demanded movement. It frequently required a search for new and better fishing grounds; its technologies, centered on boats, facilitated movement and discovery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thought provoking

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Elixir

    • A History of Water and Humankind
    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Elixir spans five thousand years, from the beginnings of civilization to the parched American Sun Belt of today. It is a story of human endeavor: our present-day interaction with this most essential resource has deep roots in the remote past, and every human culture has been shaped by its relationship to water.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Reminder: Listen to the preview before purchase.

    • By PhotoBeth on 12-08-13
    • A History of Water and Humankind
    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 06-01-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 19 ratings

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Beyond the Blue Horizon

    • How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans
    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    In Beyond the Blue Horizon, best-selling science historian Brian Fagan tackles his richest topic yet: the enduring mystery of the oceans, the planet’s most forbidding terrain. This is not a tale of Columbus or Hudson, but of much earlier mariners. From the moment when ancient Polynesians first dared to sail beyond the horizon, Fagan vividly explains how our mastery of the oceans has changed history, even before history was written.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Intimate Bond

    • How Animals Shaped Human History
    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 37
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    Animals, and our ever-changing relationships with them, have left an indelible mark on human history. From the dawn of our existence, animals and humans have been constantly redefining their relationships with one another, and entire civilizations have risen and fallen upon this curious bond we share with our fellow fauna.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Odd mix of science, conjecture, and personal opinions

    • By Joshua on 02-17-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Attacking Ocean

    • The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels
    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: Ben Bartolone
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The past fifteen thousand years--the entire span of human civilization--have witnessed dramatic sea level changes, which began with rapid global warming at the end of the Ice Age, when sea levels were more than 700 feet below modern levels. Over the next eleven millennia, the oceans climbed in fits and starts. These rapid changes had little effect on those humans who experienced them, partly because there were so few people on earth, and also because they were able to adjust readily to new coastlines.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • it took a while

    • By marianne on 08-27-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Floods, Famines, and Emperors

    • El Nino and the Fate of Civilization
    • By: Brian Fagan
    • Narrated by: John Haag
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 36
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    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Potentially excellent, heavily flawed

    • By scmathew on 08-07-10

    Regular price: $22.95

    • Science & Humanity: From Past to the Future (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

    • Panel 1062
    • By: Mr. Brian Fagan, Mr. Michael Shermer, Mr. Richard Wrangham
    • Narrated by: Ms. M.G. Lord
    • Length: 59 mins
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    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    Regular price: $2.93