Reviews

  • "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
  • "Written with verve and authority, this exciting – even entrancing – story follows the first cultural anthropologists to far-flung field sites that suggested antidotes to the racism and xenophobia of society"

    DAVA SOBEL, author of Longitude
  • "Stunning. Wickedly perceptive, a scholarly masterpiece"

    DAVID OSHINSKY, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio
  • "Elegant and kaleidoscopic … this looks to be the perfect moment for King’s resolutely humane book"

    NEW YORK TIMES
  • "Deeply intelligent and immensely readable"

    Alison Gopnik, Atlantic
  • "Masterful. A vital book for our times"

    IBRAM X. KENDI, National Book Award-winning author of How To Be An Antiracist