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Fall of Civilizations: Stories of Greatness and Decline (Hardback)
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Fall of Civilizations: Stories of Greatness and Decline (Hardback)

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Published: 25/04/2024
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Ranging from Mesopotamia to Roman Britain, Cooper's engrossing volume – based on his hit history podcast – charts the rise and decline of several ancient civilizations.

Based on the hit podcast with over 100 million downloads, Fall of Civilizations brilliantly explores how a range of ancient societies rose to power and sophistication, and how they tipped over into collapse.

Across the centuries, we journey from the great empires of Mesopotamia to those of Khmer and Vijayanagara in Asia and Songhai in West Africa; from Byzantium to the Maya, Inca and Aztec empires of the Americas; from Roman Britain to Rapa Nui.

With meticulous research, breathtaking insight and dazzling, empathic storytelling, historian and novelist Paul Cooper evokes the majesty and jeopardy of these civilizations, and asks what it might have felt like for a person alive at the time as they witnessed the end of their world.

Publisher: Duckworth Books
ISBN: 9780715655009
Number of pages: 544
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Cooper is a phenomenon...[and] a gifted collector of historical jigsaw pieces... [he] addresses a new public in new ways, through a mastery of anecdotage and accessible storytelling' Max Hastings, Sunday Times

'Eminently readable... one can almost hear the spoken word as one reads. Yet Cooper has built his narrative out of close reading of the original sources... the author’s strength is his ability to evoke the physical setting of the great cities that lay at the heart of empires'  David Abulafia, Spectator

'Paul Cooper's histories of fallen civilizations are brilliantly written: clear, compelling, and ultimately chilling as we are forced to accept the lost genius of ancient cultures and the inevitable ruination of our own. Full of fascinating detail and nuanced findings, you need to read this book' Cal Flyn, journalist and author of Islands of Abandonment

'An instructive, engaging and compelling epic which reveals the fragility of human existence: magnificent triumphs and lamentable tragedies, the civilized and the barbarian. A timely tour de force of historical storytelling' Ron Ramdin, author of The Making of the Black Working Class in Britain

‘Cooper draws parallels between fears for our own future and the colossal wrecks of fallen empires so that we may marvel at them and, perhaps, learn from them’ Tim Leach, author of The Hollow Throne 

PRAISE FOR THE PODCAST 'Excellent' Guardian

'A treasure trove of myths and terror… Atmospheric as hell… Immersive' The Times

'Paul Cooper has a historian's cool for what we know and what we don't... but a novelist's eye for vivid details' Seattle Times

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“The Mesmerising Fall of our Ancestors.”

Hands down one of the best history books I have read in a long time. It’s written in such an accessible and insightful way whilst painting beautiful and tragic pictures of civilisations that have passed. A must read... More

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