Like bestsellers The Gene and Sapiens, a groundbreaking narrative about our identity; like nothing else, a retelling of all of human history through genetics
In our unique genomes, each one of us carries the history of our species—births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away—until now.
With the advent of genomics, scientists can at last decode our DNA, and the implications for our identity are enormous. As acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford shows, before genomics, we never really knew much about ourselves at all. And so he rewrites all of human history—from 100,000 years ago to the present.
Touching on topics as wide-ranging as Neanderthals and murder, redheads and race, dead kings and plague, evolution and epigenetics, plus the remarkable (and controversial) story of how our genes made their way to the Americas, Rutherford uses science to shatter deeply held beliefs about our heritage—replacing them with new answers to the biggest question of all: Who we are.
“In light of advances in genomics, science writer Rutherford rewrites all of human history, using genetics to shatter deeply held beliefs about human heritage and replace them with new answers to some of life’s biggest questions.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for the UK Edition:
“Well-written, stimulating, and entertaining.”
“Brilliant, authoritative, surprising, captivating.”