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|Prehistory and archaeology - a note|
|A very, very short introduction to chronology|
|1||What and when is prehistory?||1|
|2||The problems of prehistory||18|
|3||Human skills and experiences||31|
|5||The nature of human social life||82|
|6||The prehistory of the future||115|
Posted January 23, 2011
I've read some 30+ Very Short Introductions series books so far, and by and large they are very good and informative readings. Most of them I would give either 4 or 5 stars. However, the "Prehistory" book is far worse than any of them, both in terms of content and style. In fact, I think it is so bad that I was compelled to write my very first online review to warn others about it. The writing is rambling, vacuous and repetitive. There is very little prehistory covered, or any other history for that matter. You'll probably learn more about David Beckham's soccer skills than, say, what happened to the Neanderthals (they went extinct). However, if you enjoy the pseudo-intellectual cross-cultural, deconstructionist academese babble, this book just might be the one to keep you up late at night. Otherwise, stay away as far as possible.
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