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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
by Jared Diamond
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The bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel surveys the history of human societies to answer the question: What can we learn from traditional societies that can make the world a better place for all of us? Most of us take for granted the... (read more)

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The Way of the Shaman: Tenth Anniversary Edition
The Way of the Shaman: Tenth Anniversary Edition
by Michael Harner
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This classic on shamanism pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance. It is the foremost resource and reference on shamanism. Now, with a new introduction and a guide to current resources, anthropologist Michael Harner provides the definitive handbook on... (read more)

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One River
One River
by Wade Davis
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The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South Americaand#8212;Richard Evans Schultes and his protand#233;gand#233; Wade Davisand#8212;an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In 1941... (read more)

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The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
by Riane Eisler
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The legacy ofthe sacred feminine The Chalice and the Blade tells a new story of our cultural origins. It showsthat warfare and the war of the sexes are neither divinely nor biologicallyordained. It provides verification that a better future is possible... (read more)

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From Lucy to Language: Revised, Updated, and Expanded
From Lucy to Language: Revised, Updated, and Expanded
by Donald Johanson
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Chapter 1 1. The Human Creature A human is any member of the species Homo sapiens ("wise man"), the only living representative of the family Hominidae. The Hominidae, or hominids, are a group of upright-walking primates with relatively large brains (see... (read more)

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Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins
Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins
by Steve Olson
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Olson, a science journalist in the US, has undertaken the ambitious task of describing and defining the history of genetic ancestry worldwide, concluding that, though our awareness is always drawn to the differences, in fact humans are all related... (read more)

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Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
by Richard Wrangham
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Richard Wrangham's lucid, fascinating book presents a strong case that the act of harnessing the power of fire to cook food might have created modern humanity. Convincing, thoughtful, and beautifully written, Catching Fire is a surprising look at the... (read more)

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Popol Vuh : The Definitive Edition Of The Mayan Book Of The Dawn Of Life And The Glories Of Gods and Kings
Popol Vuh : The Definitive Edition Of The Mayan Book Of The Dawn Of Life And The Glories Of Gods and Kings
by Dennis Tedlock
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andlt;Iandgt;Carlos Fuentes Popol Vuhandlt;/Iandgt; is one of the great books about the creation of the world. It is the Mayan Bible.... (read more)

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Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes--The Yanomamo and the Anthropologists
Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes--The Yanomamo and the Anthropologists
by Napoleon A. Chagnon
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Napoleon Chagnonand#8217;s andlt;I andgt;Noble Savagesandlt;/Iandgt; is the remarkable memoir of a life dedicated to scienceand#8212;and a revealing account of the clash between science and political activism.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;When Napoleon... (read more)

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Yemen Chronicle: An Anthropology of War and Mediation
Yemen Chronicle: An Anthropology of War and Mediation
by Steven C Caton
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In 1979, Steven C. Caton went to a remote area of Yemen to do fieldwork on the famous oral poetry of its tribes. The recent hostage crisis in Iran made life perilous for a young American in the Middle East; worse, he was soon embroiled in a dangerous... (read more)

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The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis
The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis
by Ruth Defries
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Our species long lived on the edge of starvation. Now we produce enough food for all 7 billion of us to eat nearly 3,000 calories every day. This is such an astonishing thing in the history of life as to verge on the miraculous. The Big Ratchet is the... (read more)

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Death: Antiquity and Its Legacy (Ancients & Moderns)
Death: Antiquity and Its Legacy (Ancients & Moderns)
by Mario Erasmo
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Personal and yet universal, inevitable and unknowable, death has been a dominant theme in all cultures since earliest times. Remarkably, across the span of several millennia and despite the myriad of cultural profusions since antiquity, we can recognize... (read more)

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Languages of the Greater Himalayan Region, Volume 8 a Grammar of Dhimal
Languages of the Greater Himalayan Region, Volume 8 a Grammar of Dhimal
by J T King
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A great way to get started on this new, FREE, Web-based productivity and collaboration tool Zoho is a very cool-and free-alternative to Microsoft Office. Known as "cloud" computing because it's totally Web-based, Zoho provides 18 different applications... (read more)

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Coming of Age in Samoa (Perennial Classics)
Coming of Age in Samoa (Perennial Classics)
by Margaret Mead
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Margaret Mead (1901-1978) began her remarkable career when she visited Samoa at the age of twenty-three, which led to her first book, Coming of Age in Samoa. She went on to become one of the most influential women of our time, publishing some forty works... (read more)

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Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect
Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect
by Paul R Ehrlich
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Hope on Earth is the thought-provoking result of a lively and wide-ranging conversation between two of the worldand#8217;s leading interdisciplinary environmental scientists: Paul R. Ehrlich, whose book The Population Bomb shook the world in 1968 (and... (read more)

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The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (P.S.)
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (P.S.)
by Jared Diamond
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The Development of an Extraordinary Species We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet -- having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of... (read more)

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The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist
The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist
by Mary Manhein
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When a skeleton is all that's left to tell the story of a crime, Mary H. Manhein, otherwise known as "the bone lady," is called in. For almost two decades, Manhein has used her expertise in forensic pathology to help law enforcement agents--locally... (read more)

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Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius
Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius
by Colin Dickey
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The after-death stories of Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Beethoven, Swedenborg, Sir Thomas Browne and many others have never before been told in such detail and vividness. Fully illustrated with some surprising images, this is a fascinating and... (read more)

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The World until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
The World until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
by Jared Diamond
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Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides... (read more)

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Smoke in the Lanes. Dominic Reeve
Smoke in the Lanes. Dominic Reeve
by Dominic Reeve
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The classic account of the reality of life as a Gypsy in the UK in the 1950s when Travellers lived in horse drawn wagons and stopped by the wayside in quiet country lanes wherever possible, but were often driven to "atch" besides main highways as so many... (read more)

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