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The Handshake: A Gripping History
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The Handshake: A Gripping History (Paperback)

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'It's a little book of wonder, it's fantastic' Chris Evans



'A fabulously sparky, wide-ranging and horizon-broadening little study ... joyously unboring' Sunday Times



Friends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees - and it's not just deeply embedded in our history and culture, it may even be written in our DNA. The humble handshake, it turns out, has a rich and surprising history.



So let's join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a funny and fascinating voyage of discovery - from the handshake's origins (at least seven million years ago) all the way to its sudden disappearance in March 2020. Drawing on new research, anthropological insights and first-hand experience, she'll reveal how this most friendly of gestures has played a role in everything from meetings with uncontacted tribes to political assassinations - and what it tells us about the enduring power of human contact.



Because the story of the handshake ... is far from over.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropology Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 02/09/2021 ISBN-13: 9781788167819  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ella Al-Shamahi is a National Geographic Explorer, palaeoanthropologist, evolutionary biologist and stand-up comic. Specialising in in Neanderthals, caves and expeditions in hostile, disputed and unstable territories, she is also a TV presenter, a TED speaker and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has degrees in Genetics, Taxonomy and Biodiversity, and is currently undertaking her PhD in Palaeoanthropology.

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