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Currier’s seamless narrative recalls Jared Diamond’s sprawling histories of human civilization, and like Diamond, Currier manages to be thorough in synthesizing a great deal of specialized knowledge . . . while telling a story that is gripping.” Library Journal
Here, briefly and artfully told, is the wondrous but ultimately humbling story of how humans have used technology since prehistoric times to conquer the natural worldand why, in the process, we may be destroying it. Richard Currier will grab your attention on the first page and hold it to the last. This is an original and hugely important book.” Tom Gjelten, Religion and Belief Correspondent, NPR News and author of A Nation of Nations
A breathtaking analysis of human technological, social, and cultural history . . . An original telling of the human story, beautifully written by an erudite anthropologist . . . Unbound should be on every educated person’s reading list." Jack M. Potter, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley
An ambitious and fascinating account of the role of technologies in the evolution of the human species . . . All in all, a Jared Diamondesque’ tour de force.” Richard Robbins, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Anthropology, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Unbound is a fascinating, accurate, and highly readable account of human cultural progress from the earliest hominid toolmaking to the age of digital technology. Richard Currier masterfully shows how eight key technologies have built upon each other, allowing humans to become our planet’s most widely adaptive species. Unbound also provides a cautionary message, lest humans destroy themselves by technological overreach. This book will fascinate people of all ages who want to know how, beginning with their earliest origins, humans came to be the way they are today.” William O. Beeman, professor and chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota
How has technology figured in bringing us to our present-day predicament? . . . Given anthropologist and author Richard Currier’s broad knowledge and lucid prose, this innovative, broad-ranging, beautifully illustrated exploration promisesand deserves-to find wide use, both in the classroom and beyond.” Robert Bates Graber, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Truman State University
Unbound is a fine book, written in clear, non-technical language. Richard Currier succeeds in analyzing and clarifying the ways that technologies have affected both social structure and communication throughout the history of cultures.” Eugene A. Hammel, professor of Anthropology and Demography, emeritus, University of California at Berkeley
Sweeping in scope, daring in proposition, Unbound looks backward to look forward at a future mediatedand threatenedby human technologies." Brandy Schillace, PhD, managing editor, Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry
Unbound combines the best of a lifetime of discriminating, multidisciplinary scholarship with the storytelling abilities of great scholarly, humanistic writers like Desmond Morris, Carl Sagan, and historian James McPherson. Dr. Currier's highly accessible work is alive with the energy of discovery. Synthesizing insights from paleontology, primatology, cultural anthropology, and related sciences, it surprises and challenges accepted narratives of human evolution. In the process, it not only conveys a new understanding of our profound and ancient connections; it also illuminates key facets of modern society. Highly recommended for all serious students of human culture and the humanitiesand for any reader who wants a greater sense of place at a time when understanding how we function as a species has never been more urgently needed.” William Manley, Technical Lead for Cultural Resource Programs Worldwide and Deputy Federal Preservation Officer, United States Navy
"A satisfying complete work beautifully written and presented. . . . I have just put down what will be a classic and required reading in anthropology departments. Unbound is more: it is a highly readable, believable history of how Man became what s/he is. . . . Rarely can one call a work of non-fiction a page-turner, but this one is. . . . This is one of those satisfying, complete works that will appeal equally to the academic and the educated man in the street.” The structure is more than clever, it is original: with inventions leading up to language, the point at which most assessments of modern man begin. The reader will get some new viewpoints on early developmentbipedalism and the invention of the spear stand outand, most importantly, how the bits go together to make evolution. The title is as brilliant as the binding” into various parts for ease of reference. Read Darwin, then read Currier. We are going to hear much of this book.” Robert Cooper, anthropologist and author of Thailand: Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette
Unbound is a fascinating overview of the influence of technology on human evolutionary history. It is an excellent example of both popular and scholarly writing . . . that can be easily understood by a wide audience of educated readers.” Anek R. Sankhyan, PhD, President, Palaeo Research Society, Ghumarwin, Himachal Pradesh, India --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- File Size : 6904 KB
- ASIN : B012TN04Y2
- Print Length : 410 pages
- Publication Date : August 18, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Arcade; Reprint Edition (August 18, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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