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A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived
Adam Rutherford

Classification : History
Pub Date : Sep 08, 2016
Imprint : W&N
Page Extent : 320
Binding : TPB
ISBN : 9780297609384
Price : 599

About the book
This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex. Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. In fact, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. DNA determines far less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species. In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

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Fifteen years ago, the first sequence and analysis of the human genome was published. A monumental surge in genetics followed. Science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford rides that tide and traces its effects, first focusing on how genetics has enriched and in some cases upset our understanding of human evolution, then examining the revelations of recent findings, such as deep flaws in the concept of race ... Rutherford unpeels the science with elegance
This book is a wonderfully readable example of a recent genre, where a gifted and expert writer takes the ten main concepts and the 30 top scientific papers about a topic and melds them into a detailed and enlightening description of the history and impact of an entire field of knowledge ... The first part covers pre-history, the second the impact on our understanding of ourselves. Rutherford has an easy way of describing complex processes, coupled with a love of a telling number or statistic.
This scintillating tour of the latest genetic discoveries blurs the boundaries between science and history, encompassing Neanderthal discoveries, microbiology, the possible extinction of redheads, dead royals, race relations, criminology, evolution and eugenics. Our genomes, says writer and broadcaster Rutherford winningly, should be read less like instruction manuals, and more like epic poems
A revelatory and important exploration into the ties that bind us - all seven billion of us - together. I really was enthralled
Magisterial, informative and delightful
Genetics is opening up the past as never before - Adam Rutherford puts the genes in geneaology brilliantly
This book is a captivating delight. With witty, authoritative and profound prose, Adam Rutherford tackles the biggest of issues - where we came from, and what makes us who we are. He does more than any author to cut through the confusion around genetics, and to reveal what modern genetics has to say about our identity, history and future
Adam Rutherford's book is well-written, stimulating and entertaining. What's more important, he consistently gets it right
Rutherford takes off on an extraordinary adventure, following the wandering trail of DNA across the globe and back in time. And on the way, he reveals what DNA can - and can't - tell us about ourselves, our history and our deep evolutionary heritage ... From the Neanderthals to the Vikings, from the Queen of Sheba to Richard III, Rutherford goes in search of our ancestors, tracing the genetic clues deep into the past ... Wide-ranging, witty, full of surprises and studded with sparkling insights - Rutherford uncovers the epic history of the human species, written in DNA
A brilliant, authoritative, surprising, captivating introduction to human genetics. If you know little about the human story, you will be spellbound. If you know a lot about the human story, you'll be spellbound. It's that good
     
Adam Rutherford
Books by Adam Rutherford
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived (PB)
The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us (TPB)