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"[A] magisterial interpretation of the rise and fall of human cultures and societies."
-- Robert Lekachman, Washington Post Book World
"Its persuasive arguments asserting the primacy of cultural rather than genetic or psychological factors in human life deserve the widest possible audience."
-- Gloria Levitas The New Leader
"[An] original and...urgent theory about the nature of man and at the reason that human cultures take so many diverse shapes."
-- The New Yorker
"Lively and controversial."
-- I. Bernard Cohen, front page, The New York Times Book Review
Good to help understand many different cultures and early religions; older book, but the concepts and history interesting, not "dated"Published 16 days ago by L. Brooks
The book smelled like it has been stored in a damp musty place for 20 yearsPublished 5 months ago by Perry Hartwig
A fascinating look at the natural history of culture from a world-wide perspective. A crucial piece of evidence for anyone interested in how we became what we are as humans living... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gary Ogden
Good to read. If you like anthropology, you will love it too. I finished the whole book in about a week. Enjoyed reading.Published 21 months ago by Malar Gandhi
I got this book for my sister. she told me that she absolutely loved it. I even helped her edit her paper. it was a required reading for college. Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by A. Aulov
This book was written in 1977 and yet is still relevant or perhaps even more so, especially in the context of current global socio-economic and climatic changes. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Voice O. F. Reason
I first was exposed to Marvin Harris in 1983 while commuting and being bored sitting in a train to work. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Dirk Van Toor
There are already several fine reviews, so I will only suggest reading the following works (all of them sound anthropology, good to understand ourselves) in addition to Harris'... Read morePublished on June 7, 2009 by César González Rouco