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.
The indigenous metropolis of Cahokia beneath East St. Louis.
Acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes readers on a mind-bending adventure
across centuries and around the world to explore the rise and fall of these four ancient cities.
Investigating cutting-edge research in archaeology,
Newitz uncovers the intertwined environmental and political factors
that doomed these ancient cities—and might signal the fates of our own.