It is the fourteenth century, and one of the most apocalyptic
events in human history is set to occur—the coming of the Black Death. History
teaches us that a third of Europe’s population was destroyed. But what if the
plague had killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have
changed? This is a look at the history that could have been—a history that
stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and
crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation. These
are the years of rice and salt.
This is a universe where the first ship to reach the New World
travels across the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west
to east. This is a universe where the Industrial Revolution is triggered by the
world’s greatest scientific minds—in India. This is a universe where Buddhism
and Islam are the most influential and practiced religions, and Christianity is
merely a historical footnote.
Through the eyes of soldiers and kings, explorers and
philosophers, slaves and scholars, Robinson renders an immensely rich tapestry.
Rewriting history and probing the most profound questions as only he can,
Robinson shines his extraordinary light on the place of religion, culture,
power, and even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the shores
of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the present and beyond,
here is the stunning story of the creation of a new world. Download and start listening now!