The essential statement , by the world's leading authority on the subject, of the thesis that modern humans originated in Africa and spread around the world; and a definitive defence of our common humanity, spiking racist accounts of our origins.
'Least Heat-Moon watches the details of the backwater American landscapes and the people who inhabit them with a startling, poetic scrupulousness it's filled with vivid details of sights, tastes, smells, wildlife, weather, topography and talk, especially down-home talk.' New Society
`Peppered with thrilling Boy`s Own tales of tall-masted ships nudging through the pack ice. . . This entertaining book opens a window to the most important journey of all-the unending voyage of the human spirit. ` Sara Wheeler, The Times
One of the first batch of Pimlico County History Guides - a new and original sub-series, in which a well-known writer provides a personal guided tour of his/her favourite county - covering its history, folklore, geography, architecture etc. Unique guides, providing an unrivalled sense of place, they are intended as much for the armchair traveller as they are for the visitor.