A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes (Paperback)

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes By Adam Rutherford, Siddhartha Mukherjee (Foreword by) Cover Image

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes (Paperback)

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National Book Critics Circle Award—2017 Nonfiction Finalist



“Nothing less than a tour de force—a heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling.”—The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice



A National Geographic Best Book of 2017


In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species—births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away—until now. Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story—from 100,000 years ago to the present.
Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programs for the BBC, including the flagship weekly Radio 4 program Inside Science, The Cell for BBC Four, and Playing God (on the rise of synthetic biology) for the leading science series Horizon, as well as writing for the science pages of the Guardian. His first book, Creation, on the origin of life and synthetic biology, was published in 2013 to outstanding reviews and was short-listed for the Wellcome Trust Prize.

Siddhartha Mukherjee is the author of The Gene and the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Emperor of All Maladies. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician and researcher.
Product Details ISBN: 9781615194940
ISBN-10: 1615194940
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 416
Language: English
A National Bestseller

A National Geographic Best Book of 2017

An Amazon Best Book of 2017

2017 Foreword INDIES Gold Winner

Winner of the 2018 Thomas Bonner Book Prize

A New York Public Library Book of the Day




"A family portrait for all humanity . . . This enjoyable book has a great deal to say about our genetic code—or, more precisely, about how our knowledge of genetics is misused and misconstrued. . . . [Rutherford] proves an enthusiastic guide and a good storyteller.

— The Wall Street Journal

An effervescent work, brimming with tales and confounding ideas carried in the ‘epic poem in our cells.’
— Guardian

Rutherford raises significant questions and explains complex topics well, engaging readers with humor and smooth prose.
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

A sweeping new view of the human evolution story, using the latest science of DNA as the central guide . . . . Recommended.
— Scientific American

Rutherford unpeels the science with elegance.
— Nature

A shining example of science writing at its best . . . will change the way you think about human evolution.
— Newsday

Adam Rutherford’s book is well-written, stimulating, and entertaining. What’s more important, he consistently gets it right.
— Richard Dawkins

One of my big obsessions as a reporter is our expanding understanding of our genetic history, thanks to incredible advances like sequencing Neanderthal genomes. Rutherford, a British geneticist and journalist, presents a great survey of this fast-moving field.
— Carl Zimmer

Genetics is opening up the past as never before—Adam Rutherford puts the genes in genealogy brilliantly.
— Matt Ridley

Adam Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived is the book we need.

— PZ Myers

[Rutherford’s] head-on, humane approach to such charged and misunderstood topics as intelligence and race make this an indispensable contribution to the popular science genre.
— Apple’s iBooks Best Book of September 2017

Provides a good survey of the science of genomics and how it’s changing the story of human evolution.
— Forbes

An enthusiastic history of mankind in which DNA plays a far greater role than the traditional ‘bones and stones’ approach, followed by a hopeful if cautionary account of what the recent revolution in genomics foretells . . . Often quirky but thoughtful—so
— Kirkus

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived is equal parts informative, engaging, and frequently surprising—a must-read for fans of big-picture popular science.

— Jennifer Ouellette, author of Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self

Rutherford manages to reveal fresh (and controversial) assessments of human history and dispel long-held beliefs with clarity, enthusiasm and humor.
— Shelf Awareness