REVIEW: Know It All Anthropology, Simon Underdown

Monday, 28 May 2018


Who are we? What is it about our species that sets us apart from every other living creature, past and present, on this planet? These are perennially compelling questions about human evolution and development that continue to cudgel the best brains on earth. Know-It-All Anthropology seeks to understand the roots of our common humanity, the diversity of cultures and world-views, and the organization of social relations and practices. If you only have under a minute, that is enough time--by reading this book--to meet the ancestors and master the basic ideas, personalities, controversies, and future directions of the study of humankind.


Spoiler: I have been watching far too much Bones over the past few weeks. I know, I know - it’s utter trash and probably not even close to being accurate, but anytime she spouts off one of her anthropological facts, it just makes me want to delve in deeper to the topic.
I just want to be as bad-ass as her, okay? I know I never will, but I can’t help myself.
Because of all of my time binging the show, and my foray into sociology (Anthropology’s less history-focussed cousin), I knew a little of what to expect going into the book but honestly, I was just so surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The art style is so damn cool and more importantly, the information is incredibly accessible - due to how the book is set out, people can choose how in-depth they want their information to be and because of this, it is extremely easy to navigate.
Honestly, overall I think Know It All Anthropology would serve as a great introduction to anyone who wants to learn more on the subject - with the added bonus of it looking pretty damn great on anyone’s coffee table.


Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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