I have very quickly become a fan of these DK large format reference books and have added quite a few to my book collection over the years and `Human' is a worthy addition to that shelf. As the title suggests this looks at many aspects of human life, and not necessarily just the biology (although there is an excellent chapter on this), but also the cultural and anthropological. The chapter headings are Origins, Body, Mind, Life Cycle, Society, Culture, Peoples and Future. Each chapter is also further sub-divided to make finding relevant information that little bit easier. As we have come to expect from this series the book is beautifully illustrated throughout and the photography and artwork is simply outstanding, nearly every single reference item has a photo or image of some description. The wealth and depth of knowledge included her is simply vast and whether it be the social aspects of playing chess, the various languages throughout the world, sleep cycles or Nanotechnology this book is written with great clarity and makes every topic fascinating. This would be a wonderful book to leave laying around you home for your kids to pick up and browse through, learning about the diversity of life, and it is also engrossing and engaging when you do the same. If anything, this should be the first book in the series you buy so you can learn about our own species and the various way of life in the world and then you could move on the `Animals' to look at our animal brethren, `Universe' to wonder at our place in things and the awesomeness of space and galaxies, 'Earth' to look at the very world we stand on and `History' to put our current lives into some perspective. That would be a comprehensive reference library and one that I can contest never fails to fascinate and keep me enthralled. As you may have guessed, this comes highly recommended.
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