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Book of Peoples of the World: A Guide to Cultures

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As cultures and languages disappear from the Earth at a shocking rate, it becomes all the more urgent for us to know and value the world’s many ethnic identities. National Geographic’s Book of Peoples of the World propels that important quest with concern, authority, and respect. Created by a team of experts, this hands-on resource offers thorough coverage of more than 200 ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by National Geographic (first published 2001)
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Cherie
Mar 07, 2013 Cherie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
A- I was on a Wade Davis kick so I checked this out…massive, huge book with lots of text and beautiful photographs (it's a National Geographic production). It gives overviews of cultures (clustering them together by region), giving some pertinent but really broad information abt the cultures. Really fascinating stuff, interesting facts. For the armchair anthropologist or armchair traveler or anyone interested in diversity or understanding the world.
Chelsea
Mar 03, 2009 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People interested in different cultures, anthropology or religion students
Recommended to Chelsea by: It was one of the few English books in a big Dutch bookstore.
I love this book. It's categorized into sections by continent and area of the world. It has information on all different kinds of ethnic groups from little tribes in tiny places in Africa to the Amish and then also bigger groups like Italians. It tells you facts and statistics about the current population in that group as well as history, traditions, language, location, religions.

And obviously, because it's published by National Geographic is has AMAZING pictures.

Definitely worth the high pric
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Abdalla
Oct 28, 2013 Abdalla rated it really liked it
Its a fantastic book for those who are having interest in people and culture, a very useful tool for getting to know how people in all different parts of the world are living their lives.

If you are a frequent traveler, the book will be of a great help as it gives an insight on what to expect before arriving to the desired destination. Its really a must have book!
Terence
A production of National Geographic and up to that organization's usual quality: beautiful photos and informative (if too short) articles.

And an example of just how freakin' complex this old world of ours is.
Jasmine Hawamdeh
Mar 26, 2012 Jasmine Hawamdeh rated it really liked it
Shelves: april-reads
I picked this book up because it was given to me by my dad. He is always traveling and he gave me this book as a gift (from the airport), I have an interest on the people that live around the world and how our lives can be different/the same. One of my dreams is to travel all around the world and this book helps be knowledgeable about what is out there.
This book takes you through a journey across the globe, continent by continent and then culture by culture. It really is amazing, because they de
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Farhana Faruq
Dec 12, 2009 Farhana Faruq rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: non-fiction
What an excellent book!
It's full of interesting information covering 222 ethnic groups, and a variety of photographs.

The articles aren't very detailed but enough to get a basic idea about the culture, language and religion of each group. I would have liked more photographs - at least one per group.

I also found it very distressing to learn how close we are to losing so many languages (and cultures).

We have a world filled with lots of wonderful and different people, it's definitely worth checking
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Morgen Shambaugh
I used this book in social studies to teach students about the different cultures around the world. The photographs alone tell so much about different cultures around the globe, and how they do the same things differently. This book is excellent for teaching kids about Culture and also eye opening for adults.
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Edmund Wade Davis has been described as "a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life's diversity."

An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent more than three years in the Amazon an
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