Synopses & Reviews
With effervescent wit, the acclaimed geneticist and author Steve Jones offers a landmark exploration of maleness, based on the recent explosion of biological research. In his "lively and lucid" (Washington Post) report, Jones argues that men are the true second sex. Compared with women, men are in relative decline, in terms of both social status and length of life. Jones"s provocative evidence is certain to fuel the battle of the sexes: here he lays out the case for and against masculinity, exploring every aspect from the genesis of the Y chromosome to novel insights into men"s hormones, hair loss, and the hydraulics of man"s most intimate organ. Y: The Descent of Men is "a diverting and racy read [from] an accomplished and successful scientific popularizer" (Economist).
In his highly entertaining and enlightening book, the acclaimed geneticist and author Steve Jones offers a landmark exploration of maleness. With effervescent wit, Jones argues that men, biologically speaking, are the true second sex. Here he lays out the cases for and against masculinity -- exploring every biological aspect from the genesis of the Y chromosome onward -- based on the recent explosion of biological research. Along the way, he offers pithy commentary on topics such as male hormones, hair loss, and the hydraulics of man's most intimate organ. Fascinating and often surprising, Jones's evidence offers fresh fuel for the battle of the sexes.
About the Author
Steve Jones is professor of genetics and head of the prestigious Galton Laboratory, University College of London. Jones has previously written three trade books, with two published in the U.S.: DARWIN'S GHOST and THE LANGUAGE OF GENES. A geneticist whose specialty is snails (he did some of the most important early sex-differentiation work by studying their shells), Jones has regularly appeared as one of the top authors on THE TIMES's bestseller lists. His witty and often humorous writing compares with - and in some cases, surpasses - that of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, Edward O. Wilson, Jared Diamond, and Steven Pinker. His books have received outstanding reviews in the United States as well as Britain.