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 Collapse: How Societies Cho...
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3 1491: New Revelations of th...
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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 One River
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10 Motel of the Mysteries
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11 Gods, Graves and Scholars: ...
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12 The Horse, the Wheel and La...
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13 The Spirit Catches You and ...
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14 Illustrated Naked Ape
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15 The Serpent and the Rainbow
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16 Europe and the People Witho...
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17 The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilg...
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18 The World Until Yesterday: ...
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19 A Voyage Long and Strange: ...
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20 Next of Kin
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20 Why Is Sex Fun? The Evoluti...
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22 The Songlines
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23 Nisa: The Life and Words of...
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24 The Maya
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25 In Search of the Trojan War
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26 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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33 Why Nothing Works: The Anth...
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36 Before Scotland: The Story ...
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37 Floods, Famines, And Empero...
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37 The Forest People
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39 Catastrophe: An Investigati...
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40 The Desert Smells Like Rain...
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40 Traurige Tropen
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42 Pegando fogo: Por que cozin...
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42 The Mound Builders
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44 Quest for the Past: Great D...
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44 The Lost World of the Anasazi
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46 Archaeology: A Brief Introd...
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47 Coming of Age in Samoa: A P...
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48 The Bog Man and the Archaeo...
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48 Ancient Mexico: The History...
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50 The Mummy: A Handbook of Eg...
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51 The Roman Empire and Its Ge...
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52 A History of the Vikings
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53 The Oxford Illustrated Hist...
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54 How the Barbarian Invasions...
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55 Hanta Yo: An American Saga
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55 How to Cook a Tapir: A Memo...
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55 Peter Freuchen's Famous Boo...
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55 The Fourth Part of the Worl...
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55 Fieldwork
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55 The Riddle of the Labyrinth...
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55 Ishmael: An Adventure of th...
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55 Light on the Path: The Anth...
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55 Mythbusting the Cult of Con...
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55 Exodus Lost
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55 Guardians of the Transcendent
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55 Howppiness: Happiness and H...
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55 The Lost World of Ladakh: P...
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68 On the Map: A Mind-Expandin...
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68 Genghis Khan and the Making...
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68 Talking Hands: What Sign La...
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71 In My Family Tree: A Life w...
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71 Empires of the Indus: The S...
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71 Southeastern Indians
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71 Empires of Time : Calendars...
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71 The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis
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76 Return to Laughter: An Anth...
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76 Schmuggler: von Grenzen und...
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76 The Sea Kingdoms: The Histo...
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76 Courtly Culture: Literature...
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76 The Forgotten Centuries: In...
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76 The Evolution of Useful Thi...
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82 When the Land Was Young: Re...
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82 Herculaneum: Italy's Buried...
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82 The Murder of Tutankhamen
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82 Black Drink: A Native Ameri...
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82 The Naked Ape: A Zoologist'...
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87 The History Of Ancient Egyp...
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87 The Code Book: The Science ...
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89 The Rape of the Nile: Tomb ...
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89 The Keys of Egypt: The Race...
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91 La Sexualité Et Sa Répressi...
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92 Dancing Skeletons: Life and...
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92 Growing Up in New Guinea
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94 Gathering the Desert
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94 Ancient Ruins of the Southw...
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94 Fatu-Hiva: Back to Nature
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94 Sex and Temperament in Thre...
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98 Ancient Peoples of the Amer...
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98 Beyond the Coral Sea: Trave...
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98 Lost Cities & Vanished Civi...
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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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