Olson, a science journalist in the US, has undertaken the ambitious task of describing and defining the history of genetic ancestry worldwide, concluding that, though our awareness is always drawn to the differences, in fact humans are all related. The book is organized by broad geographical areaAfrica, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, Europe, and the Americaswith a final chapter on Hawaii as an example of a small place where several races come together. Olson talked to specialists in genetics as he traveled, and much of the book concerns the stories of different peoples seeking genetic answers to the question of their ancestry. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Thanks to recent discoveries in genetics, explains science journalist Olson, we're learning about human history before any history was written down. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.