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Meeting the Family: One Man's Journey Through His Human Ancestry Hardcover – April 20, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; 1ST edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426205732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426205736
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rik Fredericks on April 28, 2010
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My wife gave me Meeting the Family as a gift on Monday, and I've ignored my own family since then, because I can't tear myself away from its pages. The author's journey traces not just the history of his own family, but ALL of our families, back to their very origin. It's like "Roots" for the rest of us--every single American, no matter what nationality or race, can pretty much trace his or her family back to the very same starting point. I can't wait to share what I've learned with my kids. If you ever wanted to know where you came from, how you got to be the way you are, and where your children and grandchildren are headed, buy this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By history geek on December 21, 2010
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This book is part essay on human history, part travel log, part memoir, part science of genetics, part personal history.
The science is science "light" and very understandable to the layman.
There were sections of this book I absolutely loved ..... when the author went to Africa and really did meet his family and his descriptions of Lebanon. These were wonderful and inspired me to retrace his steps, particularly Lebanon. Other times the author goes on-and-on about the mundane particulars of his hotel, lost baggage or how great it is to fly first class. Other times he does not really meet his family and seemingly forgets about his quest mid-journey.
Nevertheless, it was a worthwhile read.
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By VIC, the Seeker on February 19, 2014
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Our family has recently participated in National Geographic's Genographic 2.0, which has spurred our interest in our ancient ancestors. This book traces many of the haploid groups with which we are connected as the author recounts his visits to his distant relatives in Tannzania, the Levant, Tajikistan and the Basque region of Spain. We have really enjoyed this book with our teenagers and are eager to continue to unearth our roots.
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