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Meeting the Family: One Man's Journey Through His Human Ancestryby Donovan Webster
Synopses & Reviews
Donovan Webster brings his vivid journalistic gifts to a new subject, tracing our deep genealogy using cutting-edge DNA research to map our eons-old journey from prehistoric Africa into the modern world. With the same genetic haplotype as many white American males, Webster makes an ideal subject—he is a genuine Everyman. While his voice and spirit are unique to him, in exploring his own ancestry, he shows us our own.
Drawing on National Geographic’s Genographic Project, the largest anthropologic DNA study of its kind, Webster traces centuries of migrations, everywhere finding members of his now far-flung genetic family. In Tanzania’s Rift Valley, he hunts with Julius, whose tribe speaks a click language, and wanders the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia with Mohamed and Khalid, now Jordanian citizens. In Samarkand, Uzbekistan, eastern frontier of his ancestral roaming, a circus ringmaster becomes both friend and link to his primal bloodline.
Webster’s genographic quest leads him to contemplate what traits he shares with those he meets, and considers what they and their ways of life reveal about the deep history of our species. A lifetime of journalistic travels among a wide range of cultures furnish Webster with a wealth of colorful threads to weave into a story as particularly personal as it is universally human.
Book News Annotation:
Webster, a freelance writer, was one of the first participants in The Genographic Project, a research study begun by National Geographic and IBM in 2005 which uses computer technology to analyze historical patterns in DNA. This volume chronicles Webster's travels as he retraces his ancestral path from Tanzania, to Lebanon, Uzbekistan, and finally Balboa, Spain. A foreword is provided by the director of The Genographic Project, Spencer Wells. The work contains several black and white photographs. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A lifetime of journalistic travels among a wide range of cultures furnishes Webster with a wealth of colorful threads to weave into a story as particularly personal as it is universally human.
About the Author
Donovan Webster has written three books, including the prize-winning Aftermath: The Remnants of War. He has also written for major magazines such as Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and the New York Times,/i magazine.
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