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The Old Way: A Story of the First People

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One of our most influential anthropologists reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots-and the roots of life as we know it

When Elizabeth Marshall Thomas first arrived in Africa to live among the Kalahari San, or bushmen, it was 1950, she was nineteen years old, and these last surviving hunter-gatherers were living as humans had lived for 15,000 centuries. Thomas wound up writing about their world in a seminal work, The Harmless People (1959). It has never gone out of print.

Back then, this was uncharted territory and little was known about our human origins. Today, our beginnings are better understood. And after a lifetime of interest in the bushmen, Thomas has come to see that their lifestyle reveals great, hidden truths about human evolution.

As she displayed in her bestseller, The Hidden Life of Dogs, Thomas has a rare gift for giving voice to the voices we don't usually listen to, and helps us see the path that we have taken in our human journey. In The Old Way, she shows how the skills and customs of the hunter-gatherer share much in common with the survival tactics of our animal predecessors. And since it is "knowledge, not objects, that endure" over time, Thomas vividly brings us to see how linked we are to our origins in the animal kingdom. The Old Way is a rare and remarkable achievement, sure to stir up controversy, and worthy of celebration.

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"When Thomas was 19, her father, one of the founders of Raytheon, moved her family to Africa to live among the bushmen of the Kalahari. It's hard to imagine a teenager today who would not only give up the comforts of living in an industrialized nation like the United States but also utterly embrace and come to love a group of people who live without possessions or even permanent dwellings. Thomas sees the !Kung San as noble people, and her voice imparts the respect — almost awe — she feels in their presence. Her narration is as intimate as if she were sharing with friends her intricate knowledge of the plants and animals of the Kalahari. She speaks Ju/wasi, the click language, so she can easily explain much by using the group's own words. Thomas's voice is also wise and loving: she helps us see as these gentle people do and takes us with her through their endangered, fragile environment. Simultaneous release with the FSG hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 21). (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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One of the world's most influential anthropologists and bestselling author of "The Hidden Life of Dogs" reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots--and to the roots of life as revealed in human evolution. Unabridged. 10 CDs.

Synopsis:

One of our most influential anthropologists reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots-and the roots of life as we know it

As she displayed in her bestseller, The Hidden Life of Dogs, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has a rare gift for giving voice to the voices we don't usually listen to, and helps us see the path that we have taken in our human journey. In The Old Way, she shows how the skills and customs of the hunter-gatherer share much in common with the survival tactics of our animal predecessors. And since it is "knowledge, not objects, that endure" over time, Thomas vividly brings us to see how linked we are to our origins in the animal kingdom.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400103072
Subtitle:
A Story of the First People
Author:
Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall
Publisher:
Tantor Media
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Africa - South - General
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20061101
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.5 lb
Media Run Time:
690

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When Thomas was 19, her father, one of the founders of Raytheon, moved her family to Africa to live among the bushmen of the Kalahari. It's hard to imagine a teenager today who would not only give up the comforts of living in an industrialized nation like the United States but also utterly embrace and come to love a group of people who live without possessions or even permanent dwellings. Thomas sees the !Kung San as noble people, and her voice imparts the respect — almost awe — she feels in their presence. Her narration is as intimate as if she were sharing with friends her intricate knowledge of the plants and animals of the Kalahari. She speaks Ju/wasi, the click language, so she can easily explain much by using the group's own words. Thomas's voice is also wise and loving: she helps us see as these gentle people do and takes us with her through their endangered, fragile environment. Simultaneous release with the FSG hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 21). (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
One of the world's most influential anthropologists and bestselling author of "The Hidden Life of Dogs" reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots--and to the roots of life as revealed in human evolution. Unabridged. 10 CDs.
"Synopsis" by ,
One of our most influential anthropologists reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots-and the roots of life as we know it

As she displayed in her bestseller, The Hidden Life of Dogs, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has a rare gift for giving voice to the voices we don't usually listen to, and helps us see the path that we have taken in our human journey. In The Old Way, she shows how the skills and customs of the hunter-gatherer share much in common with the survival tactics of our animal predecessors. And since it is "knowledge, not objects, that endure" over time, Thomas vividly brings us to see how linked we are to our origins in the animal kingdom.

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