The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong.
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. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in NewYork City.
"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
"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 *
"[Kingdom of Speech is] vastly entertaining... compulsively readable." -- Muhammad Idrees Ahmad * National *
"It is a riveting read." -- Alun Anderson * New Scientist *
"The story of an academic dispute in the world of linguistics is beautifully told by a world-class storyteller." * i *