I took the on-line course presented by the author last year and then I bought the book when it came out this month (Feb. 2015). It is absolutely fascinating, compelling and hard to put down. You don't have to be a student to easily follow the progress of Homo Sapiens, the most deadly animal ever to dwell on planet Earth. The book is throught-provoking, entertaining, enlightening, educational and a must read. I can't say enough for it.
Abby mentioned this on "You Are What You Read" and I must say it's the strangest Christmas movie ever. Little boy reads the real history of Santa Claus and finds he was a child-eating monster. Treasure hunters blast a mountain and dig up the long frozen Santa and havoc ensues. As I say, strange.
You don't have to be a runner to enjoy this superb book. It is fascinating and very well written. The author makes you interested in every facet of the book, from the Tarahumara tribe living in Mexico to the heart of Africa; tracing the history of man and probing our brains for clues to our past. The characters are real and engaging. I can't say enough about the experience of reading it.
I read this book a number of years ago and it still stays with me. It details a Galveston hurricane many years ago and the complete devastation wrought. You are really there. It's very well written.
Love all her Plum novels -- but this one. My favorite characters were luke warm and only once did I laugh out loud. I guess everyone gets tired at some point.