Old Way: A Story of the First People

Old Way: A Story of the First People

by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
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Old Way: A Story of the First People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas was nineteen when her father took his family to live among the Bushmen of the Kalahari. Fifty years later, after a life of writing and study, Thomas returns to her experiences with the Bushmen, one of the last hunter-gatherer societies on earth, and discovers among them an essential link to the origins of all human society.

Humans lived for 1,500 centuries as roving clans, adapting daily to changes in environment and food supply, living for the most part like their animal ancestors. Those origins are not so easily abandoned, Thomas suggests, and our modern society has plenty still to learn from the Bushmen.

Through her vivid, empathic account, Thomas reveals a template for the lives and societies of all humankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312427283
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 660,514
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction--among them The Hidden Life of Dogs, The Harmless People, Reindeer Moon, and The Animal Wife. She has written for The New Yorker, National Geographic, and The Atlantic. She lives in New Hampshire.

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The Old Way: A Story of the First People 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for my World Cultures class and I thought it would be boring but it actually wasn't. It's not my usually type of book but it was interested and not difficult to read! I would actually recommend this book to others!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago