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Kingdom of Speech

by Tom Wolfe

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ISBN: 9781784704896
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From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, and through the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, who defies the current wisdom that language is hard-wired in humans, this author examines zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo, and and more.
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  • Paperback
    $19.77
ISBN: 9781784704896
ANNOTATION:
From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, and through the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, who defies the current wisdom that language is hard-wired in humans, this author examines zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo, and and more.

Annotation

From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, and through the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, who defies the current wisdom that language is hard-wired in humans, this author examines zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo, and and more.

Publisher Description

'A great journalist with a whip-like satirical prose style... Wolfe?s great gift is to make the heavy seem light and this book is such an entertaining polemic that I read it in a day and immediately wanted to read it again.' - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey through language. The Kingdom of Speech is a paradigm-shifting argument that speech - not evolution - is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements.From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, and through the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, who defies the current wisdom that language is hard-wired in humans, Wolfe examines the solemn, long-faced, laugh-out-loud zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo, and finds it irrelevant here in our Kingdom of Speech.

Author Biography

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, I Am Charlotte Simmons and Back to Blood. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Review

It is clear how much we have missed him... The wonder of his book is its point of view. He is a polemicist, a slayer of reputation and pretension... It is wonderful to have him back. -- Philip Delves Broughton Financial Times A marvelous mix of gleeful energy and whip-around-the-neck control, and his book is a gas to read. -- Charles Mann Wall Street Journal (Europe) The style is instantly recognisable, and the book hurtles on for 160 pages of wicked, opinionated, high-velocity prose. -- Alun Anderson New Scientist You're in the hands of a master who has never written a dull word in his life. Tom Wolfe, America's greatest man of letters, is 85 and still fizzing with energy and insight... Wolfe packs a lot in it, [The Kingdom of Speech] writing with the fluency and vigour of a man one-third his age. -- James Delingpole Mail on Sunday A great journalist with a whip-like satirical prose style... Wolfe's great gift is to make the heavy seem light and this book is such an entertaining polemic that I read it in a day and immediately wanted to read it again. -- Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times

Review Text

A great journalist with a whip-like satirical prose style ... Wolfe's great gift is to make the heavy seem light and this book is such an entertaining polemic that I read it in a day and immediately wanted to read it again.

Promotional "Headline"

From the author of The Bonfire of the Vanities, the maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong.

Product Details

Author
Tom Wolfe
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2017
ISBN-10
178470489X
ISBN-13
9781784704896
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2017-08-31
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Pages
192
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade