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  • ISBN: 9780316269964
  • ISBN: 0316404624
  • ISBN: 9780316404624
  • Physical Description: 185 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 170-185).
Summary, etc.: "Before Tom Wolfe was a bestselling novelist, he was a groundbreaking journalist. Now the maestro storyteller turns his attention to the mystery behind the creation of his own most important tool: language. In The Kingdom of Speech, Wolfe makes the captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech--not evolution--is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements. From Alfred Russel Wallace, the self-taught Englishman who beat Charles Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it for its inability to explain human speech, to the neo-Darwinists, who for years argued that there is a language 'organ' in the human brain, Wolfe examines how science has repeatedly tried and failed to account for man's gift of gab. Flash forward to the present day and the controversial work of another outsider, anthropologist Daniel Everett. After thirty years of studying a tribe isolated deep in the jungles of the Amazon, Everett revealed a people whose prehistoric level of speech had led to a society without religion, ceremonies, hierarchies, marriage, or ornaments, and without the ability to plan ahead or to consider a past beyond personal lifetimes, thus defying the current wisdom that language is hardwired in humans. With trenchant wit and uproarious humor, Wolfe cracks open the secretive, solemn, long-faced, laugh-out-loud zigzags of Darwinism, both old and neo-, and he shows the endless importance of the courageous outsider in overturning our most cherished ideas about ourselves. Provocative and fast-paced, Wolfe's latest tour de force will have everyone talking."--Dust jacket.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 July #1
    Over the course of his long, intrepid, and influential writing life, Wolfe has become best known for his big, brash novels of eviscerating social critique, most recently Back to Blood (2012). But he made his name writing facade-busting nonfiction, and now, after a 16-year hiatus, he returns to true stories, all riled up about "eight heavy-weight Evolutionists" who threw in the towel, giving up on the effort to determine the origin of speech and "how it works." Speech, Wolfe declares, is the "attribute of all attributes" when it comes to what differentiates humankind from all the other animals on Earth, so why have we failed to understand our world-altering "linguistic capability"? In this mettlesome, slyly funny takedown, Wolfe spotlights two key scientific rivalries, each pitting a scrappy outsider against the academy: the naturalist Alfred Wallace versus Charles Darwin, and, in our time, the missionary-turned-linguist Daniel L. Everett and his battle with the long-reigning Noam Chomsky. Wolfe's pithy and stirring play-by-play coverage of compelling lives and demanding science transforms our perception of speech, which, he asserts, "will soon be recognized as the Fourth Kingdom of Earth." HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: As always, the white-suited Wolfe will be all over the media, traditional and online, stirring things up and sending readers to the shelves. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, I Am Charlotte Simmons, and Back to Blood. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in New York City.

Subject: Language and culture
Human evolution
Oral communication
Social history
Language and languages Origin
Historical linguistics
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