A "New York Times "Notable Book How biology, psychology, and history shape us as individuals We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us? In "The Invisible History of the Human Race" Christine Kenneally draws on cutting-edge research to reveal how both historical artifacts and DNA tell us where we come from and where we may be going. While some books explore our genetic inheritance and popular television shows celebrate ancestry, this is the first book to explore how everything from DNA to emotions to names and the stories that form our lives are all part of our human legacy. Kenneally shows how trust is inherited in Africa, silence is passed down in Tasmania, and how the history of nations is written in our DNA. From fateful, ancient encounters to modern mass migrations and medical diagnoses, Kenneally explains how the forces that shaped the history of the world ultimately shape each human who inhabits it. "The Invisible History of the Human Race" is a deeply researched, carefully crafted and provocative perspective on how our stories, psychology, and genetics affect our past and our future.
Christine Kenneally is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for "The New Yorker, ""The New York Times, "Slate, "Time" magazine, "New Scientist, The Monthly, "and other publications. She is the author of "The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language, " which was a finalist for the "Los Angeles Times "Book Award. She was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, and lives in New York City.