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The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[Wolfe] brings to this academic debate the same irreverence and entertaining quality that lit up Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test…The same manic prose, the hip rhythms, and cleverly crafted arguments of the genius Tom Wolfe.”

    USA Today

  • “A provocation rather than a dissertation. The sound it makes is that of a lively mind having a very good time and enjoying the scent of its own cold-brewed napalm in the morning.”

    New York Times

  • “The author’s own prose is, as ever, a marvelous mix of gleeful energy and whip-around-the-neck control, and his book is a gas to read.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “This being Tom Wolfe, the ponderous debate over language and evolution takes on a kind of pop-art pizzazz.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Barely a dull sentence.”

    Vox

  • “Clever, funny, serious, satirical, and instructive.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Wolfe] transforms our perception of speech.”

    Booklist

  • “Wolfe throws a Molotov cocktail at conventional wisdom in a book that won’t settle any argument but is sure to start some.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Robert Petkoff’s bright and energetic delivery reflects the author’s well-known penetrating intelligence and curiosity, here matched with a dose of exasperation as he traces the history of disproven theories on language development and acquisition…Petkoff switches from a tone of satire to wonder at what a singular species we humans are—while having little idea how we got that way.”

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