The list author says: "The history of anthropology is one of the most fascinating stories in academia and is essential to a proper understanding of current anthropological theory. The history of anthropology has also been receiving more attention than ever before. These books will help you get acquainted with some of the classic founders and the current giants in the vast field of anthropology."
"Adam's books gives a good introduction into the philosophical foundations of anthropological thought. Essential in understanding current debate and pitfalls. The scholarships is a bit sketchy but Adams makes up for in a few essential observations."
"Darnell's book has an interesting thesis. She contends that Franz Boaz has had an even more profound influence in the formation of current American cultural anthropology than is usually acknowledged. Boaz has been having a bit of a rival lately, this book explains why."