Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annelee Newitz

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Really enjoyed learning about the birth, growth, death, and development of cities through the four sites highlighted by Newitz in this book. I checked it out of the library, and then purchased a copy, because I knew I’d want to read it again.

Newitz brings the same skills I appreciated in their fiction to this nonfiction book – humanizing a place by telling me about a person who lives there, enriching and contextualizing people by showing what’s unique about where they live. They’ve got a keen eye for the right details, the right anecdotes, to bring it alive and keep it fresh, even when it seems everyone already knows the story, as in the case of Pompeii. I wish I’d known half of what they wrote in this book when I visited those ruins years ago. Now I can’t stop thinking about going back.



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