The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures, by Christine Kenneally
We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us?
In The Invisible History of the Human Race Christine Kenneally draws on cutting-edge research to reveal how both historical artefacts and DNA tell us where we come from and where we may be going.
While some books explore our genetic inheritance and popular television shows celebrate ancestry, this is the first book to explore how everything from DNA to emotions to names and the stories that form our lives are all part of our human legacy.
Kenneally shows how trust is inherited in Africa, silence is passed down in Tasmania, and how the history of nations is written in our DNA. From fateful, ancient encounters to modern mass migrations and medical diagnoses, Kenneally explains how the forces that shaped the history of the world ultimately shape each human who inhabits it.
The Invisible History of the Human Race is a deeply researched, carefully crafted and provocative perspective on how our stories, psychology, and genetics affect our past and our future.
“Ms. Kenneally’s approach is suitably global … and she is storyteller enough to get us through the acronym-strewn fields of contemporary biology without losing sight of the big themes of identity and history.” - The Wall Street Journal
“The richest, freshest, most fun book on genetics in some time.” - The New York Times Book Review