The Old Way: A Story of the First People

The Old Way: A Story of the First People

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By (author) Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Narrator Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 163mm x 28mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 140010307X
  • ISBN 13: 9781400103072
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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One of our most influential anthropologists reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots-and the roots of life as we know it When Elizabeth Marshall Thomas first arrived in Africa to live among the Kalahari San, or bushmen, it was 1950, she was nineteen years old, and these last surviving hunter-gatherers were living as humans had lived for 15,000 centuries. Thomas wound up writing about their world in a seminal work, "The Harmless People" (1959). It has never gone out of print. Back then, this was uncharted territory and little was known about our human origins. Today, our beginnings are better understood. And after a lifetime of interest in the bushmen, Thomas has come to see that their lifestyle reveals great, hidden truths about human evolution. As she displayed in her bestseller, "The Hidden Life of Dogs," Thomas has a rare gift for giving voice to the voices we don't usually listen to, and helps us see the path that we have taken in our human journey. In "The Old Way," she shows how the skills and customs of the hunter-gatherer share much in common with the survival tactics of our animal predecessors. And since it is "knowledge, not objects, that endure" over time, Thomas vividly brings us to see how linked we are to our origins in the animal kingdom. "The Old Way" is a rare and remarkable achievement, sure to stir up controversy, and worthy of celebration.

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Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is the author of seven books, nonfiction and fiction --among them "The Hidden Life of Dogs, The Harmless People," and "Reindeer Moon." She's written for "The New Yorker, National Geographic," and "The Atlantic," and lives in New Hampshire. Coming soon...

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"Thomas's voice is...wise and loving: she helps us see as [the Kung! San] do and takes us with her through their endangered, fragile environment." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Audio Review