Review: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

For me, the best books have substance, clarity and humor; and if not humor, at least a sense of perspective. Brief History has all those in abundance.

I’ve been interested in the biochemistry of life for as long as I can remember. I still don’t know what proteins are and what they do, but I know they are what make us what we are. I’m also not sure what a gene is. I have a vague idea of how DNA works, what race is, what inheritance means and how we are all the same and unique at the same time. I also wondered how human influence on our earth environment affects human evolution. Here are the answers and more.

If you are at all interested in the building blocks of life from a genetic perspective, this is the book to read. Author is Adam Rutherford and the subtitle is: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes.

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