New York Times-bestselling author Brian Fagan offers a vibrant history of how humans have transformed the seas into highways that connect distant cultures and shaped world civilisation.
Brian Fagan is emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Elixir, the Los Angeles Times bestseller Cro-Magnon, and the New York Times bestseller The Great Warming, and many other books, including Fish on Friday, The Long Summer and The Little Ice Age. He has decades of experience at sea.
A vivid picture of the nautical experiences endured by the first sailors who, in tiny canoes and rafts, made astonishing ocean-wide journeys more than 50,000 years ago and who laid the planet open to human conquest * Robin McKie, Observer * He is a beguiling writer and his lessons from global experience are both refreshing and sobering * Daily Express [on Elixir] * In addition to his solid research, he has unearthed a variety of entertainingly off-piste anecdotes ... These stories provide welcome glimpses of humanity in a narrative spanning centuries * Daily Telegraph [on Elixir] * Fagan is probably the world's most widely read archaeologist...fascinating...Once again, Brian Fagan has given us a gem of a book * Mail on Sunday [on Elixir] *