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What child doesn’t anticipate Thanksgiving and Christmas? Especially Christmas! In Biff and Becka’s Splendiferous Christmas, can Biff learn that it is more blessed to give than to receive? He faces difficult circumstances with a bully at school, and something happens that threatens to kill his Christmas spirit. Can his Christmas spirit be revived?…
In the book’s second part, Renfrew shifts the narrative focus, offering a summary of human prehistory from early hominids to the rise of literate civilization that is refreshingly free from conventional wisdom and grand “unified” theories. The author’s own case studies encompass a vast geographical and chronological range–the Orkney Islands, the Balkans, the Indus Valley, Peru, Ireland, and China–and help to explain the formation and development of agriculture and centralized societies. He concludes with a fascinating chapter on early writing systems, “From Prehistory to History.”
In this invaluable, brief account of human development prior to the last four millennia, Colin Renfrew delivers a meticulously researched and passionately argued chronicle about our life on earth, and our ongoing quest to understand it.
From the Hardcover edition.