What: Watermark Books & Café invites you to attend a virtual event with bestselling author and acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz! Economic historian Brad DeLong will be joining Annalee to lead the discussion about their newest book Four Lost Cities—A quest to explore some of the most spectacular ancient cities in human history—and figure out why people abandoned them.
When: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Where: This is a virtual event and will be hosted online using Zoom Pro Webinar & Facebook Live.
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About the Book
One of Apple's Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2021
In Four Lost Cities, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes readers on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today.
Newitz travels to all four sites and investigates the cutting-edge research in archaeology, revealing the mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed these ancient settlements. Tracing the early development of urban planning, Newitz also introduces us to the often anonymous workers—slaves, women, immigrants, and manual laborers—who built these cities and created monuments that lasted millennia.
Four Lost Cities is a journey into the forgotten past, but, foreseeing a future in which the majority of people on Earth will be living in cities, it may also reveal something of our own fate.
About Annalee Newitz
Annalee Newitz, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, is a founder of io9 and former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. They are the author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember and the novels Autonomous and The Future of Another Timeline. They live in San Francisco.
About Brad DeLong
J. Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics and an associate director of the Blum Center at U.C. Berkeley, which he jointed as an associate professor in 1993; and a weblogger at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Professor DeLong was also a deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Economic Policy from 1993 to 1995, where he worked on the gamut of Clinton Administration policies—the 1993 budget, on the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, on the North American Free Trade Agreement, on macroeconomic policy, and on the unsuccessful health care reform effort.