As Charles Darwin has taught us, humans are animals driven by a need to survive and reproduce in a world with limited resources. For this reason, any study of human history must start with biology.
I recommend that you read these book summaries in the following order:
- “Blueprint – How DNA Makes Us Who We Are” by Robert Plomin
- “The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution” by Cochran and Harpending
- “Who We Are and How We Got Here” by David Reich
- “The Story of the Human Body” by Daniel E. Lieberman
- “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History” by Nicholas Wade
- “The Gap: Science of What Separates Us from Animals” by Thomas Suddendorf
- “Is There Anything Good About Men?” by Roy F. Baumeister
- “A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World” by Gregory Clark
- “The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility” by Gregory Clark
- “Meta-analysis of … twin studies” by many
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