The Kingdom of Speech

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Audio (4.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100119060
Released: Aug 30, 2016
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ISBN: #9781478965848
Narrator/s: Robert Petkoff
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The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong. Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. The Kingdom of Speech is a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech-not evolution-is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements. From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, and through the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, who defies the current wisdom that language is hard-wired in humans, Wolfe examines the solemn, long-faced, laugh-out-loud zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo, and finds it irrelevant here in the kingdom of speech.

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Author(s): Tom Wolfe
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Aug 30, 2016

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Author(s): Tom Wolfe
Narrator(s): Robert Petkoff
Product Number DD24692
Released: Aug 30, 2016
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ISBN: #9781478953166
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Author(s): Tom Wolfe
Product Number EB00629197
Released: Aug 30, 2016
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ISBN: #9780316269315

Professional reviews

"From evolution to penicillin to the big bang theory, the past 175 years have seen science crack some of nature's biggest mysteries. But the origin of human language remains a puzzle, for the most part. Narrator Robert Petkoff's bright and energetic delivery reflects the author's well-known penetrating intelligence and curiosity, here matched with a dose of exasperation as he traces the history of disproven theories on language development and acquisition. Tom Wolfe's most caustic humor is squarely aimed at "science" when he sees it collapsing under the weight of personalities such as Charles Darwin and Noam Chomsky. Petkoff switches from a tone of satire to wonder at what a singular species we humans are--while having little idea how we got that way. B.P. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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