Best Popular Anthropology Books
Linguistics, Physical and Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and Cultural Anthropology - some of the stuff written for professionals is bit dense. What are the best books for a general audience?
1 Guns, Germs and Steel: The ...
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2 1491: New Revelations of th...
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3 Collapse: How Societies Cho...
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4 A Primate's Memoir: A Neuro...
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5 Kon-Tiki
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6 The Third Chimpanzee: The E...
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7 Cannibals and Kings: Origin...
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8 Don't Sleep, There are Snak...
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9 Gods, Graves & Scholars: Th...
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10 The Horse, the Wheel and La...
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11 One River
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12 Illustrated Naked Ape
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13 The Serpent and the Rainbow
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14 Motel of the Mysteries
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15 The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilg...
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16 The World Until Yesterday: ...
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17 A Voyage Long and Strange: ...
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18 The Spirit Catches You and ...
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19 Next of Kin
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19 Why Is Sex Fun? The Evoluti...
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21 The Songlines
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22 Europe and the People Witho...
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23 The Maya
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24 In Search of the Trojan War
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25 Nisa: The Life and Words of...
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25 Cahokia: Ancient America's ...
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27 The Discovery of the Tomb o...
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28 In Search of the Dark Ages
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29 Apocalypse: Earthquakes, Ar...
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29 The Yanomamo
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31 Ancient Egyptian Magic
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32 The Complete Pompeii
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33 The Shark God: Encounters w...
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33 The Teachings of Don Juan: ...
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35 Before Scotland: The Story ...
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36 Floods, Famines, And Empero...
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36 The Forest People
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38 Catastrophe: An Investigati...
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39 The Desert Smells Like Rain...
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39 Traurige Tropen
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41 Pegando fogo: Por que cozin...
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42 Quest for the Past: Great D...
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43 Mesa Verde National Park: S...
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44 Archaeology: A Brief Introd...
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45 The Bog Man and the Archaeo...
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45 Ancient Mexico: The History...
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47 The Mummy: A Handbook of Eg...
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48 The Roman Empire and Its Ge...
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49 Stonehenge (English Heritag...
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50 A History of the Vikings
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51 The Oxford Illustrated Hist...
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52 How the Barbarian Invasions...
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53 Hanta Yo: An American Saga
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53 How to Cook a Tapir: A Memo...
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53 Peter Freuchen's Famous Boo...
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53 The Fourth Part of the Worl...
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53 Fieldwork
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53 The Riddle of the Labyrinth...
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53 Ishmael: An Adventure of th...
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53 Light on the Path: The Anth...
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53 Mythbusting the Cult of Con...
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53 Exodus Lost
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53 Guardians of the Transcendent
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53 Howppiness: Happiness and H...
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65 On the Map: A Mind-Expandin...
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65 Genghis Khan and the Making...
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65 Talking Hands: What Sign La...
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65 Why Nothing Works: The Anth...
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69 In My Family Tree: A Life w...
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69 Empires of the Indus: The S...
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69 Southeastern Indians
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69 Empires of Time: Calendars,...
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73 Return to Laughter: An Anth...
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73 Schmuggler: von Grenzen und...
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73 The Sea Kingdoms: The Histo...
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73 Courtly Culture: Literature...
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73 The Forgotten Centuries: In...
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78 When the Land Was Young: Re...
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78 Herculaneum: Italy's Buried...
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78 The Murder of Tutankhamen
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78 Black Drink: A Native Ameri...
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82 The History Of Ancient Egyp...
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83 The Rape of the Nile: Tomb ...
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84 La Sexualité Et Sa Répressi...
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85 Dancing Skeletons: Life and...
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85 Growing Up in New Guinea
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87 Gathering the Desert
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87 Ancient Ruins of the Southw...
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87 Fatu-Hiva: Back to Nature
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87 Sex and Temperament in Thre...
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91 Ancient Peoples of the Amer...
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91 Beyond the Coral Sea: Trave...
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91 Lost Cities & Vanished Civi...
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91 Coming of Age in Samoa: A P...
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95 The Lost World of the Anasazi
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95 The Mound Builders
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95 Claude Lévy-Strauss ou "La ...
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98 Chaco Canyon: Archeologists...
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98 The Realm Of Prester John
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98 The Golden Bough
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message 1: by Angel (new)

Angel I remember having to read Cannibals and Kings for ANTHRO 105, which was the intro course I had to take as an undergrad. Pretty interesting class, and as I recall, the book was pretty good too. I may have to look up a couple of these others too.


message 2: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Fagan's books are highly readable, and Chaco Canyon is no exception.


message 3: by Muhammad (new)

Muhammad Arrabi great list


message 4: by Alice (new)

Alice I'm going to have to check out more of these lists! Every time I go to one I see more books I'd forgotten I'd read.


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