Lost Civilizations

  • by Michael Rank
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the #1 bestselling author of History's Greatest Generals comes an exciting new book on the greatest societies in history that vanished without a trace, and why their disappearance still haunts us today.
Whether it is Plato's lost city of Atlantis, a technological advanced utopia that sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune"; the colony of Roanoke, whose early American settlers were swallowed up in the wild forest lands of the unexplored continent, or the Ancient American Explorers, who managed to arrive to the New World 2,000 years before Columbus, the disappearance of these societies is as cryptic as it is implausible.
This book will look at cultures of the 10 greatest lost civilizations in history. Some were millennia ahead their neighbors, such as the Indus Valley Civilization, which had better city planning in 3,000 B.C. than any European capital in the 18th century. Others left behind baffling mysteries, such as the Ancient Pueblo Peoples (formerly known as the Anasazi), whose cliff-dwelling houses were so inaccessible that every member of society would have to be an expert-level rock climber.
It will also at explanations as to how massive societies that lasted for centuries can disappear without a trace. Did the builders of the pyramids handy craftsmen whose method of transporting massive stones are still unexplainable simply disappear or were they part of an advanced alien race, as conspiracy theorists assert? Was the Kingdom of Aksum really the keeper of the Ark of the Covenant, and did this lead to their downfall?
Whatever the nature of their disappearance, these lost civilizations offer many lessons for us today - even the greatest of societies can disappear, and that includes us.


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Customer Reviews

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Another Great Book from Michael Rank

Michael Rank has once again told the story in a clear concise manner. Well worth getting.
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Interesting, short read

Would you listen to Lost Civilizations again? Why?

I would probably listen to Lost Civilizations again because I found several of the chapters quite interesting. Because I listened to it as an audiobook rather than read, I don't feel as though I retained what I learned quite as well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost Civilizations?

Even though the information wasn't particularly new to me, I enjoyed the chapter on Atlantis. I also was fascinated with the chapter on the cliff dwellings in New Mexico.

Any additional comments?

This book isn't for someone looking for in depth information, it's more of an introduction to ten societies from history. There was quite a bit that I learned and I enjoy Michael Rank's "bite-size" history books.

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- Shannon Kennedy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2014
  • Publisher: Five Minute Books