The Atlas of Lost Cities tells of the destinies of 44 once-thriving urban centers that are now vacant ruins and empty ghost towns.Like humans, cities are mortal-they are born, they thrive, and they eventually die. In Atlas of Lost Cities, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the rise and fall of such notable places as Pompeii, Teotihuacán, and Angkor. She also details the less well known, including Centralia, an abandoned Pennsylvania town consumed by unquenchable underground fire; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, where housing, schools, and stores for were built for 500,000 people that never came; and Epecuen, a tourist town in Argentina now swallowed up by water.
Aude de Tocqueville is an award-winning cultural heritage and history author who has written more than 20 books. She lives in France.