Full-color photos. "This is an excellent resource on the civilizations that existed in the Fertile Crescent ten millennia before the Christian era. In contrast to most presentations, which leave one with a sense of cultures in isolation, this book shows that whole kaleidoscope."(starred) Science Books and Films. The history and geography of the Middle East are explored, and the culture and accomplishments of the ancient Hebrews, Babylonians, Persians, and other civilizations that flourished there are discussed.