When Sargon of Akkad created the world’s first empire 4,000 years ago, he thought none could conquer his powerful kingdom. He was wrong. A disastrous drought in Mesopotamia helped topple the Akkadian civilization.
Similar climate-related events rocked other civilizations. Ancient Rome experienced a catastrophic 18 months of darkness, possibly from a volcanic eruption half-a-world away. Mayan society in Mexico began to crumble when fresh water became scarce. And both ancient Egypt and ancient China were transformed by failed crops and starving citizens.
While many wonder how today’s warming climate will affect our future, The Curse of Akkad explores capricious climate shifts of the past. From an ice age that gave humans an evolutionary leg up to an El Niño that frustrated the battle plans of Hitler, author Peter Christie shows that the prevailing weather of a place is not simply a backdrop to important events, but often a critical player.
The Curse of Akkad is an acclaimed writer’s exciting and enlightening look at climate’s frequent place at the helm of human history.
“… clearly researched and informative …” —Resource Links, 06/08
“A great read, with lots of interesting sidebars; this one is sure to captivate readers.”—Canadian Teacher, 05/09
“… connecting science to history opens the topic of climate change to a wider range of students.”—School Library Journal, 02/09
“… exceptionally timely.”—CM Magazine, 05/08
“… an attention-grabbing piece of nonfiction that will hit home hard the urgency in reducing our personal contributions to global warming.”—vegbooks.org, 05/25/11
“… this is a model of how to make science appealing.”—Canadian Geographic, 10/08
“This highly interesting work will be sucked dry of its facts by information seekers ... [Christie] sculpts sentences with crystal clear writing.”—Canadian Children’s Book News, 10/08
“Tailor-made for reluctant readers … the subject is compellingly topical.”—Booklist, 08/08