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Author: Robert Ferguson Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781541475557
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Scandinavia is the epitome of cool: we fill our homes with Nordic furniture; we envy their humane social-welfare system and their healthy outdoor lifestyle; we glut ourselves on their crime fiction; even their strangely attractive melancholia seems to express a stoic, commonsensical acceptance of life’s vicissitudes. But how valid is this outsider’s view of Scandinavia, and how accurate is our picture of life in Scandinavia today?

Scandinavians follows a chronological progression across the Northern centuries: the Vendel era of Swedish prehistory; the age of the Vikings; the Christian conversions of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland; the unified Scandinavian state of the late Middle Ages; the sea-change of the Reformation; the kingdom of Denmark–Norway; King Gustav Adolphus and the age of Sweden’s greatness; the cultural golden age of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Munch; the impact of the Second World War; Scandinavia’s postwar social democratic nirvana; and the terror attacks of Anders Behring Breivik.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written, it presents a historical narrative punctuated by reminiscences, conversations retold, snatches of autobiography, fragments of biography and stories.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • A delightful history in which the author truly captures 'the soul of the North.' Kirkus
  • “Told with deep knowledge and intoxicating passion.”


  • “A delightfully free-roaming exploration of the myth of the brooding Scandinavian…an engaging, layered look into a complex culture.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A delightful history in which the author truly captures “the soul of the North.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

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About the Author

Robert Ferguson is an award-winning writer, translator, and radio dramatist. He is the author of numerous books, including The Vikings: A History, Henrik Ibsen: A New Biography, and Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsun, nominated for the Los Angeles Times Best Biography Award and winner of the University of London J.G. Robertson Award. Born in the United Kingdom in 1948, he emigrated to Norway in 1983 and has made his home there since.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.