The Kingdom of Speech (Paperback)

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A sharp piece of argument by the great anti-establishment writer, Tom Wolfe himself. He pinpoints the flaws in Darwin's theory of evolution and tears apart Noam Chomsky's theory of universal grammar. According to Wolfe, language is the the very thing that separates human beings from other animals and this difference cannot be explained by current scientific means. An entertaining read whether you agree with him or not. Tom Wolfe's biting criticism never gets old.

— Chris Van Natten

A sharp piece of argument by the great anti-establishment writer, Tom Wolfe himself. He pinpoints the flaws in Darwin's theory of evolution and tears apart Noam Chomsky's theory of universal grammar. According to Wolfe, language is the the very thing that separates human beings from other animals and this difference cannot be explained by current scientific means. An entertaining read whether you agree with him or not. Tom Wolfe's biting criticism never gets old. — Chris Van Natten

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The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong.
"A whooping, joy-filled and hyperbolic raid on, of all things, the theory of evolution." (Dwight Garner, New York Times)
Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. THE KINGDOM OF SPEECH is a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech--not evolution--is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements.

From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, and through the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, who defies the current wisdom that language is hard-wired in humans, Wolfe examines the solemn, long-faced, laugh-out-loud zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo, and finds it irrelevant here in the Kingdom of Speech.

About the Author


Tom Wolfe is 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. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316404631
ISBN-10: 0316404632
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: December 5th, 2017
Pages: 192
Language: English
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