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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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.

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Great but the narration lacks

I think the narrator does very well considering what is asked, and the content is fascinating and convincing. But it is not easy to listen to.

I am comparing this to a few "Great Courses" audio courses where the professors are the ones narrating. The narration of the professors is much more interesting, not because they gave other information, but because you could hear them emphasizing what points were most important in any sentence or chapter. They were passionate about it and it made a lot of difference.

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awesome!!!

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

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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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Insights on human diversity

Tremendous insights on our human diversity that help shatter biases. Desperately needs a pdf to show migrations, evolutionary splits/recombinations, etc.

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Great content lamentable reading

This probably should have been read by the author. It sounded like computer voice software reading the content.

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Fantastic book - terrible reader!

I've been fascinated by the whole concept of ancient DNA and what this tells us about humanity and the intertwined history of 'modern humans', Neanderthals, Denisovans, etc. for some time - and have been moving from audiobook to audiobook as each author points me to a new and even more fascinating aspect. I came to David Reich's contribution from Svante Paabo's amazing book on the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome and couldn't wait to hear the next stage of the sage, until...

... the reader! Honestly! This is one of that class of readers who puts completely random breaks in every sentence without any logic whatever! This is my pet hate and I actually returned the book to Audible because I was so frustrated and bought the e-book version from Amazon instead. But because I live in the country and do a lot of driving and listen to audiobooks in the car, I had to move on to something different - and that, in its own way, was so frustrating that I came back and bought the book again (something I've never done before).

So: the book is marvellous and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the whole ancient DNA / human paleontology subject. The reader is so truly awful that words cannot describe the depths of my distress in having to listen to him! I guess this goes to show just how good the book is.