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The kingdom of speech / Tom Wolfe.

Wolfe, Tom, author. (Author).
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  • 12 of 14 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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1 current hold with 14 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County - Angola 417.7 WOL (Text) 33118000175442 Adult: New Book Available -
Flora-Monroe Township Public Library - Flora 417.7 WOL (Text) 50825010707049 Non-Fiction Available -
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 417.7 WOLFE (Text) 33946003134256 New Books . 2nd Floor Checked out 10/28/2016
Jefferson County Public Library - Madison 417.7 WOL (Text) 39391006762932 Non-Fiction Available -
LaGrange County Public Library - LaGrange 417.7 WOL (Text) 30477100971385 Adult: New Available -
Lebanon Public Library - Lebanon 417.7 WOL (Text) 34330512998197 Adult - New Books Available -
Melton Public Library - Melton 417.7 WOL (Text) 79591000087956 Adult-Nonfiction Available -
Morgan County Public Library - Martinsville 417.7 WOL (Text) 78551000527977 Non-Fiction Reshelving -
Peabody Public Library - Columbia City NON-FICTION 417.7 WOLFE (Text) 30403002194942 Adult - Non-Fiction Available -
Peru Public Library - Peru 417.7 WOLFE T (Text) 53069000453952 NEW BOOK Available -
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  • ISBN: 9780316404624
  • ISBN: 0316404624
  • Physical Description: 185 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 170-185).
Formatted Contents Note: The beast who talked -- Gentlemen and old pals -- The Dark Ages -- Noam Charisma -- What the flycatcher caught -- The firewall.
Summary, etc.: "Taking readers on a rollicking ride through history, a master storyteller and reporter, whose legend began in journalism, presents a paradigm-shifting argument that speech, not evolution, is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements"--NoveList.
"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.
Subject: Language and culture.
Human evolution.
Oral communication.
Social history.
Language and languages > Origin.
Historical linguistics.

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