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SusannaG

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

Fatal Enquiry
Will Thomas
Progress: 25/304 pages
How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life
Ruth Goodman
Progress: 350/480 pages
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 Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %

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.