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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Review: The Long Summer

The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization - Brian M. Fagan

This is an interesting survey of the impact of climate change on man in the last 18,000 or so years (since the last ice age).


Fagan knows his material, as he is a distinguished anthropologist.  However, in reading the material on effects of climate change in the historical era, I think he sometimes simplifies the chain of historical cause-and-effect - probably because he only had so much space. 


Or perhaps I see this because my training is as a historian, rather than in anthropology.  Causation in specific historical events is usually not quite that simple.


Excellent maps, timelines, and other illustrations throughout.