Reviews/ Awards
  • Tales of Invasions and Empires is the winner of a 2019 CIPA EVVY Award in History Non-Fiction

For the past quarter century, the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) has presented its coveted EVVY Awards; entries are received from all over the world. The CIPA EVVY is one of the longest-running and most prestigious book award competitions in the independent publishing scene.

Each year Outskirts Press, the #1 independent publishing company according to Top Consumer Reviews, nominates less than 5% of its books published during the previous year for a CIPA EVVY Award. With its achievement, Tales of Invasions and Empires joins the even more exclusive club of an award winner. This is especially notable for the taking on in our trilogy, within a unique framework, the challenge of making the whole of world history comprehensible

  • Kirkus Review of the original Our Place in Time for which Our Axial Age was a redrafting to make the thesis less dense, more approachable.

“A learned historian offers a challenging road map to humanity’s future.

Augustson refers to a “New Axial Age” in his heavily detailed, impressive debut. His explanation of the term looks back to German philosopher Karl Jasper’s idea of a first Axial Age, which occurred around 500 B.C. and featured the simultaneous flowering of Zoroastrianism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and the Socratic origins of Platonism. Augustson also makes the case for the rhythmic communal but uncoordinated upsurge of transformative events over the course of time. In five densely packed chapters, the author makes the case for a new age borne out of four powerful cultural movements: Confucian China, Hindu India, the Muslim Middle East, and the Christian West.

The book looks to history in its broadest sense, which requires it to cover the fundamentals of historiography in its earliest chapters. Its main point is that the relatively sudden appearance of republics over the last two centuries has laid the groundwork for a transformation of human civilization.

The sections which Augustson makes predictions about the future of the New Axial Age are intriguing. However, prognostication is the Achilles’ heel of the historian’s art, and readers will doubtless contest some statements. Augustson also takes issue with the concept of “the end of history,” instead seeing “a path to new adventures to which we currently lack the strength to walk”. Like the rest of his book, it’s controversial but endlessly thought-provoking.

A wide-ranging, comprehensive study of the meta-history of human civilization.”