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Four Lost Cities

A Secret History of the Urban Age

Annalee Newitz

"Four Lost Cities" takes readers on a captivating journey to explore the rise and fall of four ancient cities. From the Neolithic site in Central Turkey to the indigenous metropolis of Cahokia in the Mississippi River, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz investigates the cutting-edge research in archaeology to reveal the mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that caused the downfall of these civilizations. With a focus on the often anonymous workers who built these cities, Newitz traces the early development of urban planning that lays the foundation for cities as we know them. This book is not only a fascinating look at the forgotten past, but also a glimpse into our own future as urbanization continues to grow.
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Drop everything and read @Annaleen's essay, and then go read her book: "The idea of collapse is appealing because it allows us to handwave away the political reality of how civilizations transform..." 1/2      source