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Babylon

Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization
Written by: Paul Kriwaczek
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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Civilization was born 8,000 years ago, between the floodplains of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, when migrants from the surrounding mountains and deserts began to create increasingly sophisticated urban societies. In the cities that they built, half of human history took place.

In Babylon, Paul Kriwaczek tells the story of Mesopotamia from the earliest settlements seven thousand years ago to the eclipse of Babylon in the sixth century BCE. Bringing the people of this land to life in vibrant detail, the author chronicles the rise and fall of power during this period and explores the political and social systems, as well as the technical and cultural innovations, which made this land extraordinary. At the heart of this book is the story of Babylon, which rose to prominence under the Amorite king Hammurabi from about 1800 BCE. Even as Babylon's fortunes waxed and waned, it never lost its allure as the ancient world's greatest city.

Engaging and compelling, Babylon reveals the splendor of the ancient world that laid the foundation for civilization itself.

©2010 Paul Kriwaczek (P)2019 Tantor

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A good introduction to the history of Mesopotamia

This is a good introduction to the history of Mesopotamia, from the rise of Eridu to the conquest of Babylon by Cyrus the Great.

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  • Bob H
  • 2020-02-09

Pretentious

Faux literary and pretentious style makes for a nauseating telling of what should have been an interesting subject. Author is probably knowledgable but sprinkles ever sentence with lofty opinions and pretentious reflections on the world. Do it once and it can be refreshing and interesting; do it in every single bloody sentence and it gets absolutely unbearable. Could not finish this garbage of book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-19

A mix of good narrative and bad history

The story follows a good narrative but is filled with lots of dubious analysis and comparison. Some of these are really poignant and meaningful while others are placed in an odd spot and bad history.

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