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Meeting the Family: One Man's Journey Through His Human Ancestry

Meeting the Family: One Man's Journey Through His Human Ancestry (Hardback)

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With the same genetic haplotype as many white American males, Webster makes an ideal subject-he is a genuine Everyman. While his voice and spirit are unique to him, in exploring his own ancestry, he shows us our own. Drawing on National Geographic's Genographic Project, the largest anthropologic DNA study of its kind, Webster traces centuries of migrations, everywhere finding members of his now far-flung genetic family. In Tanzania's Rift Valley, he hunts with Julius, whose tribe speaks a click language, and wanders the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia with Mohamed and Khalid, now Jordanian citizens. In Samarkand, Uzbekistan, eastern frontier of his ancestral roaming, a circus ringmaster becomes both friend and link to his primal bloodline. Webster's genographic quest leads him to contemplate what traits he shares with those he meets, and considers what they and their ways of life reveal about the deep history of our species. A lifetime of journalistic travels among a wide range of cultures furnish Webster with a wealth of colourful threads to weave into a story as particularly personal as it is universally human.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologyPhysical anthropology & ethnographyScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesHuman biologyScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesLife sciences: general issuesGenetics non-medicalScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: National Geographic Society Publication Date: 20/04/2010 ISBN-13: 9781426205736  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 20/04/2010.  

Donovan Webster has written two books and coauthored a third. His first book, Aftermath: The Remnants of War, received Canada's Leonard Gelber Prize and was turned into a television documentary. He has also written dozens of articles for major magazines including Vanity Fair, Esquire, The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic.

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