"Paabo provides a riveting, personal account of the development of paleogenetics and the technical revolution that made the field possible.... Whether unacquainted with Paabo's work or regular followers of his publications, readers will find that "Neanderthal Man" provides a nonpareil account of the development of the field of ancient DNA."
"Paabo's book is well worth adding to your Summer reading list."
--John Farrell, Forbes.com
"In "Neanderthal Man" Paabo offers a fascinating account of the three decades of research that led from a secret hobby to a scientific milestone.... "Neanderthal Man" is a revealing history of a new scientific field."
--Carl Zimmer, "New York Times Book Review"
"Paabo has provided us with a fabulous account of three decade of research into ancient DNA, culminating in 2010 with the publication of the Neanderthal genome.... Paabo's book has to be compared to "The Double Helix" (1968), James Watson's brilliant but controversial account of how the structure of DNA was discovered. When taken together they provide an insight into how bio-molecular science has both changed and remained much the same during the last half-century. Both are strong personal accounts of scientific discovery, exposing how science is driven as much by passion, ambition, and competition as by rational thought and the sharing of knowledge. In both books the reader is gripped by life stories of far greater interest than those in may novels before being plunged into passages of near-unintelligible science (despite much simplification) that are nevertheless strangely enthralling."
--Steven Mithen, "New York Review of Books"
"This is the fascinating account of Svante Paabo's efforts to sequence Neanderthal nuclear DNA.... [H]is personal story, from graduate to world-renowned scientist, make this a very enjoyable book.... The study of Neanderthals has kept palaeontologists occupied for more than a century, but Paabo convincesshow more