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To: SunkenCiv
Now that one could be very interesting....after the trauma of the 2008 election...I have decided to get serious about reading some books on the Early years....

Just finished :

The Last Great Sea: A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean (Paperback)

by Terry Glavin (Author)

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Editorial Reviews

Product Description
Terry Glavin sheds light on the mysteries of the North Pacific Ocean — a place of cultural and ecological richness and complexity. The maritime history of the North Pacific is rife with apocryphal voyages, legendary armadas, lost colonies, and fabled portals through continents. Glavin also explores current ecological phenomena — huge phytoplankton blooms and dying birds and fish — and the significance of these events. The Last Great Sea is a thoroughly researched, beautifully written exploration of one of the world’s most mysterious places.

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I found it very interesting...has some graphical maps that I found interesting...

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And about half way thru this one:

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Hardcover)

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by Jared Diamond (Author) "A suitable starting point from which to compare historical developments on the different continents is around 11,000 B.C..."

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From Library Journal Most of this work deals with non-Europeans, but Diamond's thesis sheds light on why Western civilization became hegemonic:

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I have the paperback....

Fascinating read....

And gave me a reasonable answer as to how wheat was domesticated..... was concerned about that on an earlier thread.....


176 posted on 01/07/2009 9:53:34 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I should spend more time reading books instead of web pages, but hey, no one’s ever had an epitaph, I wish I’d spent less time on the Internet...

Ana’s journey opens mystery of ‘oceanic superhighway’
[Tracking Green Sea Turtle]
WWF | 19 Dec 2008 | WWF
Posted on 01/07/2009 8:25:00 AM PST by BGHater
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178 posted on 01/07/2009 4:37:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/___________First 2009 Profile update Tuesday, January 6, 2009)
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