Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It
ISBN: 0520331079
EAN13: 9780520331075
Language: English
Pages: 480
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 10.00" L x 7.00" W
Weight: 2.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It

Editor Reviews
From the front Cover Written with zing and flair, and a willingness to provoke, Out of Our Minds is a sparkling account of how imagination and ideas have shaped the strange history of Homo sapiens over more than two thousand years.--David Christian, author of Origin Story: A Big History of Everything With its majestic sweep, this refreshing book covers a great many subjects with considerable authority. Felipe Fernández-Armesto is a gifted writer, guiding the reader through subtleties without failing to illustrate his complex ideas with a telling example.--Daniel Lord Smail, author of On Deep History and the Brain Brilliant and profound, Out of Our Minds is a masterly survey of humanity's unique imaginative leaps, from hominid cannibalism to our current global convergence. Fernández-Armesto is the leading practitioner of big history, and here he takes on no less than the entire span of human history. Gone are the great men, replaced instead by the ideas--good and bad--that have made us human. Written with his trademark panache and wry humor, this book challenges every assumption you've ever had about who we are and where we came from.--Jerry Brotton, author of A History of the World in 12 Maps Praise for the Felipe Fernández-Armesto's previous books: Our America is perhaps the first history to make the case for this nation's becoming a bright Latin American country. ... The narrative moves easily from panoramic views and exemplary cases to interpretation and reflection. ... Fernández-Armesto dutifully deals with this changing landscape, writing with detail and gusto.-- New York Times Book Review, on Our America Students and politicians alike could benefit from the scholarship of Fernández-Armesto. We owe him a debt of gratitude for deepening our comprehension of Hispanics in the US--how they came to be here and how their shared narrative has shaped our nation.--Janet Napolitano, Wall Street Journal Book Review, on Our America In this readable history, Fernández-Armesto has written a book of travels not unlike those of Marco Polo, filled with marvels and sensations, rich in description and replete with anecdote. 1492 is a compendium of delights.-- The Times, London on 1492 Few scholars are as qualified as Fernández-Armesto to write a history of exploration.... He has the breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding necessary to do justice to so formidable a topic. The result is a brilliant and readable book. Pathfinders is an illuminating and, at times, stirring examination of the divergence and convergence of cultures, a rich study of humankind's restless spirit. As intimate as Alexander the Great's deathbed wish and as vast as human migration, this book explains who we are as much as what we have done.-- New York Times Book Review, on Pathfinders