- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (September 26, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060919906
- ISBN-13: 978-0060919900
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our Kind: Who We Are, Where We Came From, Where We Are Going
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Cultural anthropologist Harris ponders infanticide, dietary preferences, the worldwide sugar binge, incest avoidance, humans' addiction to orgasm, racism and much else. PW called this an "encyclopedic, consistently engaging survey of human evolution and culture."
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From Library Journal
Our Kind (meaning the human species), another of anthropologist Harris's popularizing works, is a compendium of short essays (or musings) on an incredibly wide range of topics from fossil humans to yuppies. The book, which begins, "IN THE BEGINNING was the foot," is written in a chatty, urbane style. Harris fears that we too easily are learning to live with the threat of nuclear annihilation and that we will not survive even the near future " . . . unless we transcend the state's insatiable demands for sovereignty and hegemony." He also warns that "we must rid ourselves of the notion that we are an innately aggressive species for whom war is inevitable." Unless Harris meant to write a reminiscence of aspects of human existence, he might have made these remarks more effectively in a less eclectic work. Serious readers will find the right-up-to-date bibliography useful. For public libraries with an audience for Harris's works.
- Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.