Books by Brian Fagan

Brian Fagan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include The Little Ice Age; Floods, Famines and Emperors; and The Long Summer. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.


FISHING by Brian Fagan
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A multilayered, nuanced tour of 'fishing societies throughout the world' and across millennia."
A study of global cultures that have been nurtured by the wealth from the sea. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 2015

"Though reminding us of the cruelties still visited upon animals and insisting that we respect them anew—not merely as pets or idealized creatures of the wild—Fagan offers no resolutions to our conflicting attitudes toward them, but his compelling, cohesive book calls for further enlightenment."
Fagan (Emeritus, Anthropology/Univ. of Calif., Santa Barbara; The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels, 2013, etc.) brings consummate skill to this frequently horrifying study of humanity's interaction with animals.Read full book review >
THE ATTACKING OCEAN by Brian Fagan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2013

"The author's vision and knowledge substantiate his clearly expressed concerns."
Fagan (Emeritus, Anthropology; Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans, 2012, etc.) provides his assessment of rising sea levels. Read full book review >
ELIXIR by Brian Fagan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"Long and discursive, but a rewarding survey of water's role in history and contemporary politics alike."
Anthropologist Fagan (Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans, 2010, etc.) spins a tale of water, water everywhere—water that is damn hard to get at, and getting harder to find every day. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"An alarm bell ringing out from a distant time."
What happened when the world grew warmer from 800 to 1200 CE. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Largely overcast, despite some patches of sunshine. (29 tables and figures, not seen)"
A compelling subject passably treated by prolific archaeology author Fagan (Floods, Famines, and Emperors, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

Fagan (Time Detectives, 1995, etc.) draws on his archaeology background to intriguingly explore the correlation between unusual climatic shifts and unusual historical events. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"We are left with a detailed but superficial review of the important findings of several modern archaeologists. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen; 26 line drawings)"
In a whirlwind tour of 13 archaeological sites around the world, Fagan's sleepy, fact-heavy narrative fails to present major scientific discoveries as much more than the sum of their plodding details. Read full book review >