Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization Audiobook, by Brian Fagan Play Audiobook Sample

Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization Audiobook

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Read By: Shaun Grindell Publisher: Tantor Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781541476615

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40:18 minutes

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01:56 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

27:57 minutes

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In this history of fishing—not as sport but as sustenance—archaeologist and bestselling author Brian Fagan argues that fishing was an indispensable and often overlooked element in the growth of civilization. It sustainably provided enough food to allow cities, nations, and empires to grow, but it did so with a different emphasis. Where agriculture encouraged stability, fishing demanded movement. It frequently required a search for new and better fishing grounds; its technologies, centered on boats, facilitated movement and discovery; and fish themselves, when dried and salted, were the ideal food—lightweight, nutritious, and long-lasting—for traders, travelers, and conquering armies. This history of the long interaction of humans and seafood tours archaeological sites worldwide to show listeners how fishing fed human settlement, rising social complexity, the development of cities, and ultimately the modern world.

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Gently scholarly, elegant. . . . A compelling picture of how fishing was so integral in each society's development. A multilayered, nuanced tour of 'fishing societies throughout the world' and across millennia.

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About Brian Fagan

Brian Fagan is America’s leading writer on archaeology. Professor Emeritus of archaeology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he is the author of Floods, Famines, and Emperors, The Great Journey, and many other popular works, and he is the editor of The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

About Shaun Grindell

Shaun Grindell, actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator, was born and raised in Southampton, England. His training includes the Calland School of Speech and Drama and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in London. He has been seen on stage in London and Las Vegas.