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Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & Ranked

Here is a list of the best Anthropology books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2018)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedOfficial U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.#1 New York Times Bestseller The Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg,  now available as a beautifully packaged paperbackFrom a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”One hundred thousand years ago, at least six…
Author(s): Yuval Noah Harari

2. The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft (2017)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedThis concise and accessible textbook introduces students to the anthropological study of religion. Stein and Stein examine religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective and expose students to the varying complexity of world religions. The chapters incorporate key theoretical concepts and a rich range of ethnographic material. The fourth edition of The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft offers:• increased coverage of new religious movements, fundamentalism, and religion and conflict/violence;• fresh case study material with examples drawn from around the…
Author(s): Rebecca Stein, Philip Stein

3. Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (2000)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & Ranked“If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do,” write the authors of Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction. This engaging overview of the field combines an accessible account of some of the discipline’s guiding principles and methodology with abundant examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work.Peter Just and John Monaghan begin by discussing anthropology’s most important contributions to modern thought: its investigation of culture as a distinctively human characteristic, its doctrine of cultural…
Author(s): Peter Just

4. Anthropology: What Does it Mean to Be Human? (2017)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedA unique alternative to more traditional, encyclopedic introductory texts, Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human?, Fourth Edition, takes a question-oriented approach that incorporates cutting-edge theory and new ways of looking at important contemporary issues such as power, human rights, and inequality. With a total of sixteen chapters, this engaging, full-color text is an ideal one-semester overview that delves deep into anthropology without overwhelming students….
Author(s): Robert H. Lavenda, Emily A. Schultz

5. Cultural Anthropology Fieldwork Journal (Second Edition) (2016)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedHelp your students apply their anthropological toolkit to the real world. Ethnographic fieldwork is one of the most fundamental (and for students, sometimes daunting) tools for anthropological study. An excellent supplement to the introductory textbook Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age, Second Edition, Ken Guest’s Cultural Anthropology Fieldwork Journal, Second Edition, helps students apply the concepts they are learning in class while out in the real world. The step-by-step exercises in the Fieldwork Journal encourage students to…
Author(s): Kenneth J. Guest

6. Essentials of Biological Anthropology (Fourth Edition) (2018)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedThe most relevant, interactive, and up-to-date learning experience Larsen helps engage your students with the dynamic field of biological anthropology. New Anthropology Matters videos encourage students to connect anthropological concepts to the world around them. A highly visual learning tool―InQuizitive―offers a fun, hands-on way to master course concepts. And rigorously current content immerses students in the most exciting research and discoveries in the field today. Together these provide everything you need to teach a state-of-the-art course that achieves your course goals….
Author(s): Clark Spencer Larsen

7. Essentials of Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age (Second Edition) (2017)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedEssential tools for living in a multicultural and global age. The most successful new textbook in a generation, Ken Guest’s text shows students that now, more than ever, global forces affect local culture. Students learn that the tools of cultural anthropology are relevant to their life in our globalized world. The NEW InQuizitive course helps students focus their reading, master the basics, and come to class prepared….
Author(s): Kenneth J. Guest

8. Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology (Fourth Edition) (2017)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedCreate the best physical anthropology experience for your students!Our Origins, Fourth Edition, helps students engage with the “big picture” of human evolution. Innovative media, photorealistic art, rigorously current content, new animations, new custom-produced Anthropology Matters videos, and InQuizitive adaptive learning deliver everything needed to teach a state-of-the-art class….
Author(s): Clark Spencer Larsen

9. Essentials of Physical Anthropology (2016)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedConcise, well-balanced, and comprehensive, ESSENTIALS OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 10th Edition, introduces you to physical anthropology with the goal of helping you understand why it is important to know about human evolution. You’ll learn how humans are biologically connected to all other life, including our ancient ancestors and our contemporary primate cousins, and how closely modern human populations are related to each other. Numerous high-quality visual diagrams, artwork, maps, photographs, and other learning tools will help you grasp the big picture of human evolution….
Author(s): Robert Jurmain, Lynn Kilgore, et al.

10. Anthropology For Dummies (2008)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedWhen did the first civilizations arise? How many human languages exist? The answers are found in anthropology – and this friendly guide explains its concepts in clear detail. You’ll see how anthropology developed as a science, what it tells us about our ancestors, and how it can help with some of the hot-button issues our world is facing today….
Author(s): Cameron M. Smith, Evan T. Davies

11. Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology (2018)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedPaperback: 486 pages Publisher: American Anthropological Association (April 13, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 193130355X ISBN-13: 978-1931303552 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1388 in Cultural Anthropology (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Nina Brown, Tubelle de González, Laura, et al.

12. Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge (2016)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedExplore the most fascinating, creative, dangerous, and complex species alive today: you and your neighbors in the global village. With compelling photos, engaging examples, and select studies by anthropologists in far-flung places, the authors of CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: THE HUMAN CHALLENGE, 15th Edition, provide a holistic view of anthropology to help you make sense of today’s world. With this text, you will discover the different ways humans face the challenge of existence, the connection between biology and culture in the shaping of human beliefs and behavior, and the impact of globalization on peoples and cultures…
Author(s): William A. Haviland, Harald E. L. Prins, et al.

13. Anthropology (14th Edition) (2014)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & Ranked  Anthropology, provides students with a comprehensive and scientific introduction to the holistic four fields of anthropology and the important role of applied anthropology. Readers will understand humans in all their variety, and why such variety exists. It also show students how anthropological skill sets can be applied beyond academia. The fourteenth edition places an increased emphasis on new explanations and the necessity to evaluate these new explanations logically as well as on the basis of the available evidence.   REVEL from Pearson is an immersive learning experience designed for the way today’s student read,…
Author(s): Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember, et al.

14. Introduction to Physical Anthropology (2017)

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedINTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY brings the study of physical anthropology to life! With a focus on the big picture of human evolution, the 15th Edition helps you master the basic principles of the subject and arrive at an understanding of the human species and its place in the biological world. Each chapter begins with new Student Learning Objectives and a chapter outline to help you focus your study time. Each chapter then ends with an expanded section of “How Do We Know?”, followed by a critical thinking question, designed to help cement your…
Author(s): Robert Jurmain, Lynn Kilgore, et al.

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some anthropology books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

An Anthropology of the Irish in Belgium: Belonging, Identity and Community in Europe

Author(s): Sean O’ Dubhghaill
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408930

An Anthropology of Academic Governance and Institutional Democracy

Author(s): Murray J. Leaf
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2252071

Hybrid Communities: Biosocial Approaches to Domestication and Other Trans-species Relationships

Author(s): Charles Stépanoff (Editor), Jean-Denis Vigne (Editor)
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 15 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2285780

Legitimacy: Ethnographic and Theoretical Insights

Author(s): Italo Pardo, Giuliana B. Prato
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311510

Living Mantra: Mantra, Deity, and Visionary Experience Today

Author(s): Mani Rao
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311541

Indigenous Pacific Approaches to Climate Change: Aotearoa/New Zealand

Author(s): Lyn Carter
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311552

The Spirit of Capitalism According to the Michelin Company: Anthropology of an Industrial Myth

Author(s): Corine Védrine
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311598

An Anthropology of Marxism

Author(s): Cedric J. Robinson
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Year: 2019, Size: 700 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2322900

A Companion to Anthropological Genetics

Author(s): Dennis H. O’Rourke
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2347746

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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