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Finalist for the 2002 National Book Award, Nonfiction.
|Introduction: The Human Pageant||1|
|1||The End of Evolution: The African Origins of Modern Humans||11|
|2||Individuals and Groups: The Divergence of Modern Humans||32|
|3||The African Diaspora and the Genetic Unity of Modern Humans||54|
|II||The Middle East|
|4||Encounters with the Other: Modern Humans and Neandertals in the Middle East||73|
|5||Agriculture, Civilization, and the Emergence of Ethnicity||90|
|6||God's People: A Genetic History of the Jews||106|
|III||Asia and Australia|
|7||The Great Migration: To Asia and Beyond||123|
|8||Sprung from a Common Source: Genes and Languages||137|
|9||Who Are the Europeans?||157|
|10||Immigration and the Future of Europe||175|
|11||The Settlement of the Americas||193|
|12||The Burden of Knowledge: Native Americans and the Human Genome Diversity Project||208|
|13||The End of Race: Hawaii and the Mixing of Peoples||223|
Posted June 30, 2008
This is a good, well written introduction to the topic that does a nice job of including enough science to get a reader's feet wet, but not so much as to overwhelm.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2005
The author's style is very dull and tends to drone on. HE lacks color in his voice. Olson also likes to repeat the same information many times, and by the end of the book you'll have sworn you've seen particular sentences before. The book does decently discuss the origin, migration, and general advancement of modern human beings. It also rebuts common myths of 'race' differences among people from different parts of the world. But this book could easily have been sumarized in maybe 75 pages. Overall, the amount of information that can be learned in the 240 pages is very small, and therefore reading this book is a colossal waste of time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2004
This book is on my AP Biology reading list, I found it fill with useful information, and very interesting. This book mainly focus on a stroy of human's common orginis, Steve used common words to explain the histories of human. The biggest problem in this book is, Steve spent too much time (about 4chapters) on telling us we are from the very same orgin with the same data but writen in a different way. From a scienfic point of view, Steve did not give enough data to prove his option. However, it is still a good book to read, but don't expect it would give you the same information as high school booksWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2004
I WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH THE RELATIVE AMOUNT OF PAGES DEVOTED TO PC VS THE PAGES DEVOTED TO THE EXPLANATION OF THE SCIENCE INVOLVED. SURELY THERE IS MORE TO GENETIC MAPPING THAN SIMPLY SAYING WE ARE ALL ALIKE ETC.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2004
while others may criticize for being 'short on science', the book's purpose is to show how science is obliterating the notion of race not the science itself. it provides great insight into the politics of race. the genetic mapping of the human migration out of africa was very thought provoking. i highly recommend the book to everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2003
Olson provides the public with a strong argument against the idea that we are all divided by 'races.' In fact, human 'races' do not even exist in a biological context. Race is simply not biologically meaningful. The fact that we have placed so much significance on race is a cultural issue. One's 'race' is not indicative of one's biological characteristics. Simply put, humans are too similar genetically to be placed into different 'racial' categories. Skin color, eye shape, and other characteristics we tend to identify with one's 'race' are traits that are defined by a small number of genes. There are several genes that are not as visually striking as skin color and the like, but just because we can't see them doesn't mean they are not there. Research indicates that there is more genetic diversity within populations than between. Humans constantly exchange genetic information between populations. Simply put, we are all too similar to be differentiated biologically through the bogus notion of 'races'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.