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a review by James Como (December 2016)
Tom Wolfe, The Kingdom of Speech.
New York: Little, Brown, 2016. 185pp. $26.
Tom Wolfe is back and enjoying himself as much as he ever has. His reporting is sound: historically accurate and thorough, with archives consulted and sources cited. His argument – Darwin’s Origin of the Species and its impact were largely contrivances and no “theory of everything” can account for speech: it simply did not evolve, from anything – is rigorous and, at least on its surface, dispositive: he certainly makes a prima facie case. more>>>