The epic story of how humans evolved from intimate chimp communities into a world-dominating species.
Mark W. Moffett is a biologist and research associate at the Smithsonian, and a visiting scholar in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He has also authored four books. Called a 'daring eco-adventurer' by Margaret Atwood, his writing has appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing.
'A work of monumental importance ... The Human Swarm is
destined to be included in future lists of Big History that
includes such epic books as Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and
Steel and Yuval Harari's Sapiens' Michael Shermer,
author of The Moral Arc.
'This fine work should have broad appeal to anyone curious about human societies, which is basically everyone' Publishers Weekly.
'Mark Moffett presents an intriguing overview of the biological roots and cultural evolution of this now-critical situation' Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford and author of Human Natures.
'Read this manifesto if you like to have your mind changed' Kevin Kelly.
'[An] enticing whirlwind tour of the fascinating patterns of behaviours and structures of societies revealed through the varied lives of people and animals across the globe ... [Mark W. Moffett] excellently illustrates the myriad psychological and physiological processes that humans deploy in unifying and othering - from disgust to implicit bias' Nature.
'Apart from its other virtues, The Human Swarm is a book of wonders' New Statesman.