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The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe
  

The Kingdom of Speech

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Argues 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, to the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, it examines the zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo.

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The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. The Kingdom of Speech is a captivating, 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.

Reviews

'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

'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 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)

'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

About the Author

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man in Full. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B. A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph. D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th August 2016

Author

Tom Wolfe

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www.tomwolfe.com/

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Publisher

Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Format

Hardback
160 pages

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Evolution

ISBN

9781911214199

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