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The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us - Adam Rutherford

The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us - Adam Rutherford

Title: The Book of Humans

Author:  Adam Rutherford

ISBN:  9780297609407

Weight:  707 g

Signed first edition, first printing



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The Book of Humans by Adam Rutherford

We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but is there really anything special about us that sets us apart from other animals?  Humans are the slightest of twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years, a lot of twists and turns, and a billion species.  All of those organisms are rooted in a single origin, with a common code that underwrites our existence.  This paradox – that our biology is indistinct from all life, yet we consider ourselves to be special – lies at the heart of who we are.

In this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire, or has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves.  Evolution has, however, allowed us to develop our culture to a level of complexity that outstrips any other observed in nature.

The Book of Humans tells the story of how we became the creatures we are today, bestowed with the unique ability to investigate what makes us who we are.  Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, it is a thrilling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals, and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.

Peer & Press Reviews

Adam Rutherford is a superb communicator, who eruditely explores the borderlands of history, archaeology, genetics and anthropology in this fascinating tour of our species.

Dan Snow

Charming, compelling and packed with information.  I learned more about biology from this short book than I did from years of science lessons.  Adam Rutherford has a knack of making complex ideas understandable – and also fun.  Our species is a lot stranger than I’d ever realised, but a lot more normal too.  A weird and wonderful read.

Peter Frankopan, author of The New Silk Roads

Adam Rutherford is a master storyteller.  The Book of Humans is packed to the brim with intriguing tales, clever twists and up-to-the-minute scientific discoveries, offering a completely new perspective on who we are and how we came to be.

Hannah Fry, author of Hello World

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Book of Humans
Sub title The Story of How We Became Us
Illustrator Alice Roberts
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 233 pages, which includes a number of grayscale images.

The front matter has an additional 20 pages:

Contents [2]
List of Illustrations [1]
Introduction [17]

The back matter has a further 23 pages:

Acknowledgements [1]
References [12]
Index [10]

Overall condition

Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)

Please note, there’s some light rubbing to the head and / or tail edges of the spine / joint that’s typical of a coloured pictorial cover without a dust jacket.  But we still think these books are in Fine condition as these very minor blemishes don’t detract from the overall look of the book.

Even so, if you are unhappy with the book in any way, return it to us in the condition you received it for a full refund.

Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9780297609407
ISBN 10 0297609408
Format Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages 233 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 160 x 25mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Stefan Jakubowski
Cover design Steve Marking / Orion Books
Cover images Shutterstock / Istock

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