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Summary

A groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history

Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archaeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry. 

In Who We Are and How We Got Here, Reich allows listeners to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, Reich's book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.

Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind - where we came from and what that says about our lives today.

A New York Times best-seller in Science Books. A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in the Biochemistry List.

©2018 David Reich (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Jane W.
  • 15-07-18

Great Book, No Maps Available thru Audible

I loved this book. Just what I’m interested in. I did return the Audible version because Audible does not provide access to the illustrations and maps in the book. The maps especially are important for tracing human migrations.

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  • Anthony Gaetano Biagio Pape
  • 16-07-18

Great information in a very academic format.

Information is great in this book. Really makes you feel like we are about to explode into an entirely new world of understanding about our past and human genetic differences and similarities. Makes the world seem more interesting instead of everyone is the same narrative.
The issues with the book are the style and the audio presenter.
The book feels like an academic journal article. The info is great but sometimes I wish the author would have entered more of the academic info in footnotes instead of in long drawn out pages of how they did such and such etc.
The reader is also an issue. I really wasn’t sure at times if this book wasn’t read by some kind of computer program. Not easy to listen to an academic text book read by a computer. Otherwise a very good book on the new knowledge being discovered everyday.

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  • sean m davis
  • 10-08-18

awesome!!!

I learned a lot about ancient DNA and the migratiion of populations over time. I highly recommend this publication.

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  • Hampus
  • 05-08-18

Amazing

I have read somewhere around 10 books around the theme of human evolution, DNA and ancient humans. This is by far the best I have read. I never write reviews but feel I have to in this case. David Reich is very good at explaining the resent years’ phenomenal progress in his field. Very rewarding reading experience. Balanced and inspiring. Highly recommend it. I feel enlightened.

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  • ultrunner
  • 17-09-18

Excellent book, awful reading

The book is one of the best I've listened to in a long time. Unfortunately, the reading, somehow computer-generated, is the worst I've come across. The story makes it worth to endure.

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  • Carl J Robins
  • 15-08-18

Human Mix

Documentation of the mixing of ancient populations underlying today's human genetic landscape. Further proof that being human is our most important identity.

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  • D. Jinkerson
  • 14-08-18

Great book, not the best narration

I enjoyed this book but the narrator was very monotone and halting. I decided to continue anyway since I found the content interesting.