John Reader


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An author and photojournalist with more than forty years' professional experience. He holds an Honorary Research Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at U.C.L. ...more

Average rating: 4.08 · 2,366 ratings · 243 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
Africa: A Biography of the ...

4.17 avg rating — 1,673 ratings — published 1997 — 11 editions
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Potato: A History of the Pr...

3.82 avg rating — 368 ratings — published 2008
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Cities

3.65 avg rating — 168 ratings — published 2004 — 8 editions
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Missing Links: In Search of...

4.32 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 1982 — 9 editions
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Man on Earth: A Celebration...

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Africa

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Rise of Life: First 3.5 Bil...

4.17 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1986 — 5 editions
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Kilimanjaro

3.20 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1982 — 2 editions
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Mount Kenya

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Local Theology: Church and ...

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“It is remarkable how often the first interpretations of new evidence have confirmed the preconceptions of its discoverers.”
John Reader, Missing Links: In Search of Human Origins
tags: bias, ego

“Once established for a few generations, civilization might seem durable enough to last forever. But the skin of enlightened self-interest is very delicate, easily eroded, and the human capacity for unspeakable barbarity lies just beneath its surface.”
John Reader, Africa: A Biography of the Continent

“Certainly the anonymous author of a long article in The Quarterly Review was lifted to heights of eloquence by the scale and complexities of simply feeding the city:”
John Reader, Cities

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