This book describes the evolution of man based on the latest discoveries about the human genome. It talks aboout how science is able to determine how (and when) some of our genetic history was written. How the ancestors of man started in Africa and spread through the rest of the world displacing other types of humans who are no longer around. A lot of the narrative is speculative, but it is careful to label it as such. The most probable scenarios of how different regions of the world were populated are detailed and are explored in turn.
As some other reviewers have mentioned, this book does focus at several points on race, but it cautions anyone from making value judgements based on the genetic findings. The book talks about how people of various races have a higher or lower chance of contracting a particular disease or condition because of genes that might be more common to that race than to others in the world. The races of the world are part of our evolutionary history and can not be ignored just because some people may try to use it as a way to classify people as better or worse than others.
This book appears to be geared towards a person who may be a little above what would be considered a layman understanding of science, but is not so high minded that the layman would be lost in it. The author does a very good job of explaining the terminology that is being used in his narrative and of the various experts that he quotes. I would recommend this book to someone who wants to know about the most recent findings in genetics and how it is helping us understand our ancestors a little better.