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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1998

by Jared Diamond

"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly...


The Serpent and the Rainbow

by Wade Davis

A scientific investigation and personal adventure story about zombis and the voudoun culture of Haiti by a Harvard scientist.

In April 1982, ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented...


Bowling Alone

by Robert D. Putnam

Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work -- but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, Bowling Alone...


Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition

by Jared Diamond

In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse...


African Political Systems

by Meyer Fortes

AFRICAN POLITICAL SYSTEMS by Fortes, Meyer CONTENTS: EDITORS' NOTE. PREFACE. Professor A. R. Radcliffe-Brown, M.A. (Cantab.), Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Oxford INTRODUCTION....


The Sixth Extinction

by Elizabeth Kolbert

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes

Over the last half a billion...


Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind

by Curtis A Keim

This unique book explores the many misperceptions and stereotypes about Africa in the United States - with both historical and contemporary examples, from high culture and pop culture.


Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa: Natives and Strangers

by Carola Lentz

Focusing on an area of the savannah in northern Ghana and southwestern Burkina Faso, Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa explores how rural populations have secured, contested, and negotiated access...


Neanderthal: Neanderthal Man and the Story of Human Origins

by Paul Jordan

Paul Jordan takes us on a vivid journey through the history of our most famous cousin in search of the origins of all mankind


The Naked Ape

by Desmond Morris

Here is the Naked Ape at his most primal - in love, at work, at war. Meet man as he really is: relative to the apes, stripped of his veneer as we see him courting, making love, sleeping, socialising, grooming,...


Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali

by J. Stephen Lansing

Along rivers in Bali, small groups of farmers meet regularly in water temples to manage their irrigation systems. They have done so for a thousand years. Over the centuries, water temple networks have expanded...


Anthropology: The Basics

by Peter Metcalf

The ultimate guide for the student encountering anthropology for the first time, Anthropology: The Basics explains and explores key anthropological concepts including:

  • what is anthropology?
  • how can we distinguish...


Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas

by Natasha Dow Schüll

Recent decades have seen a dramatic shift away from social forms of gambling played around roulette wheels and card tables to solitary gambling at electronic terminals. Slot machines, revamped by ever more compelling...


The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

by Bryan Sykes

The national bestseller that reveals how we are descended from seven prehistoric women. In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern...


How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times

by Peter S. S. Wells

The peoples who inhabited Europe during the two millennia before the Roman conquests had established urban centers, large-scale production of goods such as pottery and iron tools, a money economy, and elaborate...


Spain Is Different

by Helen Wattley-Ames

Seven years after the publication of the first edition, Spain is still different, but it is also changing-modernizing rapidly and participating as an active member of the European Union.The second edition of...


Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People

by Jon Entine

Could our sense of who we are really turn on a sliver of DNA? In our multiethnic world, questions of individual identity are becoming increasingly unclear. Now in ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN bestselling author Jon Entine...


Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World

by Doug Saunders

Look around: the largest migration in human history is under way. For the first time ever, more people are living in cities than in rural areas. Between 2007 and 2050, the world’s cities will have absorbed...


Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics

by Stephen J. Collier

The Soviet Union created a unique form of urban modernity, developing institutions of social provisioning for hundreds of millions of people in small and medium-sized industrial cities spread across a vast territory....


Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research

by Margaret D. LeCompte & Jean J. Schensul

This first volume of the Ethnographer's Toolkit provides a practical, straightforward introduction to ethnography and ethnographic practice to the student and novice fieldworker.