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The Reinvention of Humanity
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The riveting story of the intrepid women anthropologists who redefined race, sex, gender and normality in the early twentieth century.

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Charles King is Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University where he teaches a popular course called 'Ethnicity, Race, and Nation'. His many books include Midnight at the Pera Palace- The Birth of Modern Istanbul, a 2014 New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and Odessa- Genius and Death in a City of Dreams, winner of a National Jewish Book Award in 2011. His writing has appeared in the TLS, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic and other publications.

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Magnificent ... In this brilliantly written and deftly organised book, Charles King tells the story of how the study of humankind [was revolutionised] in the first half of the 20th century -- Kathryn Hughes * Guardian *
Hugely informative and adhesively readable -- John Carey * Sunday Times *
Stunning ... every syllable seems perfectly positioned for pitch, stress, euphony and evocative power; the brilliant vignettes of the anthropologists' leisure moments ... the vividness with which their private lives, sexual intrigues and secret thoughts are captured ... elegant and entertaining * Literary Review *
An intellectual adventure story of the best sort - elegantly written, thought-provoking and full of biographical riches -- SARAH BAKEWELL, author of At the Existentialist Cafe
Charles King, author of this illuminating biographical history [has] a great gift for nicely balanced epigrammatic prose ... as King writes with a typically fine flourish, Boas can be seen to have been "on the front line of the greatest moral battle of our time" and he, along with the talented women who learnt from him, won out in the end -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * New Statesman *

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