Virtual Event: Annalee Newitz and Charles C. Mann

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 6:00pm

Join us on Tuesday, February 2 at 6pm PT when Annalee Newitz is joined by Charles C. Mann for the launch of their latest book, Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, on Zoom!
Preorder a copy today and receive a special signed postcard!

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Praise for Four Lost Cities

"Newitz always sees to the heart of complex systems and breaks them down with poetic ferocity."— N. K. Jemisin, author of the Broken Earth trilogy and The City We Became

"Cheerful, curious, amused, and amusing, Annalee Newitz is a fabulous tour guide through the latest archaeological perspectives on four of humankind’s most remarkable urban experiments. Along the way, Newitz dispels myths, evokes fascinating stories—and makes us think hard about our own urban future."— Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 and 1493

"Annalee Newitz is a brilliant writer with the heart of an archaeologist and the soul of a visionary. Four Lost Cities should open our eyes to all that may happen to our cities in the future. Vibrant and adventurous, this is a necessary book for turbulent times."— Sarah Parcak, archaeologist and author of Archaeology from Space

About Four Lost Cities

A quest to explore some of the most spectacular ancient cities in human history—and figure out why people abandoned them.

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.

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age By Annalee Newitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393652666
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 2nd, 2021

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR

A quest to explore some of the most spectacular ancient cities in human history—and figure out why people abandoned them.

The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World By Charles Mann Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345802842
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Published: Vintage - April 16th, 2019

From the best-selling, award-winning author of 1491 and 1493--an incisive portrait of the two little-known twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the twenty-first century will choose to live in tomorrow's world.

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