• Magnificent ... In this brilliantly written and deftly organised book, Charles King tells the story of how the study of humankind [was revolutionised] in the first half of the 20th century

    Kathryn Hughes, Guardian
  • Hugely informative and adhesively readable

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • Stunning ... every syllable seems perfectly positioned for pitch, stress, euphony and evocative power; the brilliant vignettes of the anthropologists’ leisure moments … the vividness with which their private lives, sexual intrigues and secret thoughts are captured … elegant and entertaining

    Literary Review
  • An intellectual adventure story of the best sort - elegantly written, thought-provoking and full of biographical riches

    SARAH BAKEWELL, author of At the Existentialist Café
  • Charles King, author of this illuminating biographical history [has] a great gift for nicely balanced epigrammatic prose … as King writes with a typically fine flourish, Boas can be seen to have been “on the front line of the greatest moral battle of our time” and he, along with the talented women who learnt from him, won out in the end

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, New Statesman

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