The Old Way: A Story of the First People

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One of our most influential anthropologists reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots—and the roots of life as we know it
When Elizabeth Marshall Thomas first arrived in Africa to live among the Kalahari San, or bushmen, it was 1950, she was nineteen years old, and these last surviving hunter-gatherers were living as humans had lived for 15,000 centuries. Thomas wound up writing about their world in a seminal work, The Harmless People (1959). It has never gone out of print.
Back then, this was uncharted territory and little was known about our human origins. Today, our beginnings are better understood. And after a lifetime of interest in the bushmen, Thomas has come to see that their lifestyle reveals great, hidden truths about human evolution.
As she displayed in her bestseller, The Hidden Life of Dogs, Thomas has a rare gift for giving voice to the voices we don’t usually listen to, and helps us see the path that we have taken in our human journey. In The Old Way, she shows how the skills and customs of the hunter-gatherer share much in common with the survival tactics of our animal predecessors. And since it is “knowledge, not objects, that endure” over time, Thomas vividly brings us to see how linked we are to our origins in the animal kingdom.
The Old Way is a rare and remarkable achievement, sure to stir up controversy, and worthy of celebration.

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"Heartbreaking and gorgeously observed . . . "The Old Way" is not only a timely work, but also a timeless one."--Alexandra Fuller, "The New York Times Book Review"
"A work of impressive scholarship and, more important, a book that connects the dots linking us to the first stages of the human race. . . . Remarkable."--"The Washington Post"
"It is fascinating to see how Thomas has honed her observational powers over the years . . . and how her notion of 'culture' has broadened."--"Los Angeles Times"
"Thomas captures the fascinating customs of a people that had no future as a tribe."--"The Daily News" (New York)

Heartbreaking and gorgeously observed . . . "The Old Way" is not only a timely work, but also a timeless one. "Alexandra Fuller, The New York Times Book Review"

A work of impressive scholarship and, more important, a book that connects the dots linking us to the first stages of the human race. . . . Remarkable. "The Washington Post"

It is fascinating to see how Thomas has honed her observational powers over the years . . . and how her notion of 'culture' has broadened. "Los Angeles Times"

Thomas captures the fascinating customs of a people that had no future as a tribe. "The Daily News (New York)""

"Heartbreaking and gorgeously observed . . . The Old Way is not only a timely work, but also a timeless one." --Alexandra Fuller, The New York Times Book Review

"A work of impressive scholarship and, more important, a book that connects the dots linking us to the first stages of the human race. . . . Remarkable." --The Washington Post

"It is fascinating to see how Thomas has honed her observational powers over the years . . . and how her notion of 'culture' has broadened." --Los Angeles Times

"Thomas captures the fascinating customs of a people that had no future as a tribe." --The Daily News (New York)

About the Author:

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is author of seven books, fiction and non-fiction—among them The Hidden Life of Dogs, The Harmless People, and Reindeer Moon. She has written for The New Yorker, National Geographic, and The Atlantic Monthly, and lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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