The Basque History of the World

  • by Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"The singular remarkable fact about the Basques is that they still exist," best selling author Mark Kurlansky says. The Basque people truly believe they should live in their own private country. This book includes their entire history, from their political and war involvement, to culinary taste, to economic and social life.Inhabiting the small corner where France meets Spain, the Basque speak their own language, Euskera. Evidence of their culture showed up as early as 218 BC, and now, with a population of 2.4 million, their influence on our world has been all-pervasive. Listeners will be enthralled as Kurlansky delves into the roots of an intriguing population, and shows us why they continue.


What the Critics Say

"Entertaining and instructive...[Kurlansky] intersperses his political and military chronicle with lively anecdotes and digressions." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A delectable portrait of an uncanny, indomitable nation." (Newsday)


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An eye opener that will break your heart

The great sociological heartbreakers of recent times include the betrayals of the American Indians during the entire 19th century and the betrayal of the Kurds and Armenians and the Kosavars in the Treaty of Paris after WW I led to the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. Interestingly, the future of Basque nation was also an issue brought to the Great Four at the time of Versailles; it was handled as superficially as were the various nation within the former Ottoman Empire. This book details the long series of agonizing disappointments the Basque people have endured, but even more importantly it describes the heights to which the Basques rose during their long history. These are generally unknown to Americans and I suspect to most Europeans too, both among the neighbors of the Basques and among those who live at greater distances. A "page turner" you'll listen to without being able to wait for the next installment you'll have time to hear. First class writing; first class narrating.
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- Perry

A cultural excursion worth taking

Most peoples of the world have struggled to overcome geography, politics, cultural invasion, etc. and most have lost the vitality of their roots. Mark Kurlansky provides a compelling and well researched and reasoned description of the Basques and their extraordinary culture and history. Highly recommended.
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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2002
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books