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4.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Story, 6 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The Incredible Human Journey (Hardcover)
If, like me, you find the idea of the discovery of artefacts tens of thousands of years old truly awesome this is a book for you. The distances of time identified in this book are almost incomprehensible but, as you read, mind-boggling figures such as 30,000-70,000 years ago, begin to feel relatively recent. There were times when I wished I had studied science instead of arts but, despite the figures and statistics, this book is a compelling read for anyone interested in evolutionary history and anthropology. As the sub-title suggests, it tells a story or rather, stories, of human lives and builds convincing narratives out of the available evidence. These narratives make the deep past and the people who lived in those times come alive to today's readers while, at the same time, the stories Roberts tells are supported with serious scholarship. If I have any niggles, they are that there are a lot of typos early on in the book which proof-reading ought to have picked up and I thought the dust-jacket a bit uninspiring ... just, well, beige and brown. But, this is a book to be recommended - an extraordinary read and one which puts our present problems into a very different perspective.
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