What are the best popular anthropology books?

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    #1Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Jared Diamond. It serves as a history of the world's societies, how they came to be the way they are, and how they were shaped by the environment.


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    Dennis Salazar
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This is a super fun and mind-bending book. I was really impressed with the way that he put together the story."
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    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jared Diamond. It investigates the various factors that cause societies to fall apart, such as climate change and rapid population growth.

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    Mildred Williamson
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Super interesting read! It can be a little terrifying at times, but it remains hopeful at the end. Lots of good information and stories in here."
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    Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft is Thor Heyerdahl's narration of his successful attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean on a balsa log raft with the hope of proving that ancient Polynesian people achieved similar results centuries ago.


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    Anthony Flores
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "While Kon-Tiki is essentially anthropological in nature, this is not the best recommendation when looking for anthropology books. Thor Heyerdahl's journey across the Pacific Ocean and his take on the ancient Polynesian people is not the best book for those looking for a deep dive into the subject of anthropology."
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    #4The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is about Lia Lee who was diagnosed with epilepsy and the struggles of her doctors in finding the cure in 1988. It is written by Anne Fadiman and won as the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. 


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    Kathryn White
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "If you like cultural anthropology, you will like this book. I can't say that the read was enjoyable because of the subject matter, but it was very captivating and engaging. You will learn a lot from this book."
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    #5The Third Chimpanzee

    The Third Chimpanzee

    The Third Chimpanzee is written by Pulitzer Prize awardee Jared Diamond about how humans are connected with chimpanzees. This book explains how 98 percent of gene sharing will make a difference in evolution. 


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    Jose Soto
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Very interesting read. Made me look at what it meant to be human a lot more closely."
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    #6Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

    Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

    Don't Sleep, There are Snakes is about a small tribe of Amazonian Indians Pirahã in central Brazil. Experiences and discoveries are written by Daniel Everett and his aim to convert the tribe to Christianity.


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    Adam Jones
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Daniel Everett should have left the tribe alone. How dare he try and convert them. "
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    #7Cannibals and Kings

    Cannibals and Kings

    Cannibals and Kings: Origins of Cultures is a book written by Marvin Harris about Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. It explains how cultures adapt to ecological changes. 


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    Joe Wheeler
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Cannibals and Kings book. People looking for good educational book may like this product."
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    #8The Naked Ape

    The Naked Ape

    The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal is a book written by Desmond Morris and known for anthropology and psychology references. It is based on Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species. 


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    Christian Hunter
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "The Naked Ape is a fascinating book with a few plot twists that took me by surprise. I would recommend it to just about anyone."
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    #9The Ancestor's Tale

    The Ancestor's Tale
    Richard Dawkins presents with unprecedented clarity and intelligence the World's renowned evolutionary theory, introducing to countless readers to the wonders of science. In 'The Ancestor's Tale' presents a journey through stories of sexual selection speciation and extinction.

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    Amit Subramanium
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Everything about The Ancestor's Tale is a huge disappointment. Dawkins takes a very straight forward concept and complicates it with literary allusion and too clever turns of phrase. Presentation of scientific information shouldn't be anything other than the presentation of facts."
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    #10Motel of the Mysteries

    Motel of the Mysteries
    Motel of the Mysteries is about archeologist Howard Carson and his discovery about the remains in year 4022 of the futuristic USA. It is written by David Macaulay with a humorous element while looking for answers. 

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    Jean Brown
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "This is an interesting book. I really like the way it addresses future concerns."
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    #11Stone Age Economics

    Stone Age Economics
    Stone Age Economics is a book by Marshall Sahlins that examines the connection between culture and economics through age. It elaborates how economics grew throughout the years and what factors affected it.

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    Patrick Vasquez
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "I was looking for anthropology books when I found this book. Even though it is not a book on anthropology, I was glad I gave it a read. There are lots of life lessons packed in this book."
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    #12The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

    The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
    Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge is a nonfiction science book that revolves around the theme of anthropology, spirituality, and philosophy. It was written by Jeremy Narby and was published in 1999 by TarcherPerigee.

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    Chao Yang
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I just recently started a college course in anthropology. My professor suggested this book to the class. I learned so much reading this book. So many amazing things I never knew before were opened up by this book. I think for anybody interested in anthropology or DNA in general would really get a lot out of reading this book. There's a lot of non-traditional information that you want find in your college textbook."
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    #13Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts

    Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts

    Penny Colman's Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts is a book about the history of cemeteries based on extensive anthropological and historical research on the culture behind burials. The book was published on  December 15th, 1997 by Henry Holt and Co.


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    Kathryn Taylor
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Corpses, Coffins and Crypts is a neat book for anyone who likes anthropology. I looked at it ans was amazed how detailed they were with things such as embalming. I also liked reading about celebrity graves but was most impressed with the historical aspect and the research that went into the book."
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    #14London's Cemeteries

    London's Cemeteries
    London's Cemeteries by Darren Beach is a pocket guide about all 50 cemeteries around London, including the graves of famous people like Karl Marx. The book was published on July 1st, 2006 by Metro Publications. 

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    Jane Valdez
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This book is great for people who enjoy historic figures of Europe. Personally hate reading books but this one was really interesting if you're going to be visiting London anytime soon!"
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    #15The Innocent Anthropologist

    The Innocent Anthropologist

    The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut is a book written by British anthropologist Nigel Barley and published in 2000. The paperback book has 190 pages filled with content that addresses critical issues in Anthropology.


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    Brinksley Hong
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "A perfect book for the layman of anthropology. You will definitely like Nigel Barley's vivid, funny and informative account of the life with a small tribe."
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    #16The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

    The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

    The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us is a nonfiction book written by Diane Ackerman which tackles the relationship between the world and the nature of the prospect of the future. 


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    Tammy Simpson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a great book if you love history!"
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    #17The Victorian Cemetery

    The Victorian Cemetery

    Sarah Rutherford's The Victorian Cemetery is a book that recounts the rituals and customs involving death and burial in the Victorian period. The book was published on May 19th, 2009 by Shire Publications.


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    Marie Phillips
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Nice book."
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    #18The Empire of Death

    The Empire of Death
    Paul Koudounaris' The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses is the book about the culture and history behind graves, told in photographs. 


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    Aradhya Vyas
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Very interesting and comprehensive book. I love the beautiful photographs and lovely captions. I played in graveyards as a kid and loved walking around and reading the old tombstones, trying to imagine the person under them. The intro is especially interesting . Called A Dialogue with Death, it explains the fear of death in detail. Highly recommend this author and book. "
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    #19Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery

    Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery

    Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery, a novel by David Koontz, is a photograph-filled book about the culture, history, and art of cemeteries. The book was published on October 1st, 1996 by Studio.


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    Liliana Valadez
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery is a wonderful book full of great images. Nothing all to morbid. The book for the most part is a picture book with small accompaniments about the image. I think all of the images are from graves in the UK."
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    #20Elysium: A Gathering of Souls

    Elysium: A Gathering of Souls

    Sandra Russell Clark's Elysium: A Gathering of Souls is a book about the cemeteries in New Orleans told in photographs. The book was published on October 1st, 1997 by Louisiana State University Press.


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    Sandra Ward
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Great book."
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    Sindustry authored by Anne Regan is a contemporary man to man romance and anthropology book published on July 2009 by Dreamspinner Press. It follows the story of rent boys, strippers, hookers, and porn stars.


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    Carl Murray
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Great to know about porn "
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    #22Stairway to Heaven

    Stairway to Heaven
    Stairway to Heaven is a book that compiles commemoratives of big rock and roll names who have now passed on. The book was published on September 1st 2005 by Wenner Books.

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    Eric Ford
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I thought this book was a very shallow look into the history of rock and roll and its pioneers. I was really looking forward to a book that explored the influence these legends had on the world's culture in and out of music in depth. The pictures were beautiful to look at though. "


Best What are the best popular anthropology books
1Guns, Germs, and SteelBooks 36 Paid
2CollapseBooks 34 Paid
3Kon-TikiBooks 31 Paid
4The Spirit Catches You and You Fall DownBooks 30 Paid
5The Third ChimpanzeeBooks 28 Paid
6Don't Sleep, There are SnakesBooks 25 Paid
7Cannibals and KingsBooks 24 Paid
8The Naked ApeBooks 23 Paid
9The Ancestor's TaleBooks 21 Paid
10Motel of the MysteriesBooks 18 Paid

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