• A wondrous, visionary work.

    Tim Flannery, scientist and author of the bestselling 'The Weather Makers'
  • Vince draws on extensive travels and many interviews with scientists to offer vivid accounts of these forces at work in the lives of our "cultural forebears." A provocative, highly readable take on our astonishing emergence from the primordial soup.

  • An imaginative and inspiring adventure into the origins and evolution of what we hold most dear: our human culture.

    Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development UCL
  • Even those broadly familiar with humanity's story will find new information and insights in Vince's fascinating study.

    Publishers Weekly
  • This book goes from the Big Bang to the Hundred Thousand Genome Project to make a convincing case that Homo sapiens has become a super-organism. I learned a lot from it and so will you.

    Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics UCL, author of 'Almost Like a Whale'
  • Gaia Vince's enthralling second book, ideal for anyone who loved Sapiens, shows how a unique combination of genes, environment and culture (from our love of objects to our knowledge of mortality) has enabled us to determine our own destiny, uniquely among species on earth.

    The Bookseller