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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date October 1, 1989
Pages 303
Binding Paperback
Edition Revised
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679724469
ISBN-10 067972446X
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
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An account of an expedition into the Kalahari Desert to study the way of life of the mysterious African Bushmen
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A study of primitive people which, for beauty of...style and concept, would be hard to match." -- The New York Times Book Review

In the 1950s Elizabeth Marshall Thomas became one of the first Westerners to live with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Botswana and South-West Africa. Her account of these nomadic hunter-gatherers, whose way of life had remained unchanged for thousands of years, is a ground-breaking work of anthropology, remarkable not only for its scholarship but for its novelistic grasp of character. On the basis of field trips in the 1980s, Thomas has now updated her book to show what happened to the Bushmen as the tide of industrial civilization -- with its flotsam of property rights, wage labor, and alcohol -- swept over them. The result is a powerful, elegiac look at an endangered culture as well as a provocative critique of our own.

"The charm of this book is that the author can so truly convey the strangeness of the desert life in which we perceive human traits as familiar as our own....The Harmless People is a model of exposition: the style very simple and precise, perfectly suited to the neat, even fastidious activities of a people who must make their world out of next to nothing."

-- The Atlantic

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Revised edition from Vintage Books (October 1, 1989); titled "The Harmless People"
9780679724469 | details & prices | 303 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $15.95
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