From the author of The Bonfire of the Vanities, the maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong.
Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, I Am Charlotte Simmons and Back to Blood. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
A great journalist with a whip-like satirical prose style...
Wolfe's great gift is to make the heavy seem light and this book is
such an entertaining polemic that I read it in a day and
immediately wanted to read it again. -- Bryan Appleyard *
Sunday Times *
You're in the hands of a master who has never written a dull word in his life. Tom Wolfe, America's greatest man of letters, is 85 and still fizzing with energy and insight... Wolfe packs a lot in it, [The Kingdom of Speech] writing with the fluency and vigour of a man one-third his age. -- James Delingpole * Mail on Sunday *
The style is instantly recognisable, and the book hurtles on for 160 pages of wicked, opinionated, high-velocity prose. -- Alun Anderson * New Scientist *
A marvelous mix of gleeful energy and whip-around-the-neck control, and his book is a gas to read. -- Charles Mann * Wall Street Journal (Europe) *
It is clear how much we have missed him... The wonder of his book is its point of view. He is a polemicist, a slayer of reputation and pretension... It is wonderful to have him back. -- Philip Delves Broughton * Financial Times *