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The Handshake: A Gripping History

Author: Ella Al-Shamahi.

The Handshake: A Gripping History

Author: Ella Al-Shamahi.

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Item #: D33825
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Publication Date: 2021
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781788167819
Friends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees—the humble handshake, it turns out, has a surprising history. Palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi embarks on a fascinating voyage of discovery, from the handshake's origins (at least seven million years ago) all the way to its sudden disappearance in March 2020. Drawing on new research and first-han... More
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Friends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees—the humble handshake, it turns out, has a surprising history. Palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi embarks on a fascinating voyage of discovery, from the handshake's origins (at least seven million years ago) all the way to its sudden disappearance in March 2020. Drawing on new research and first-hand experience, she reveals how this gesture has played a role in everything from meetings with uncontacted tribes to political assassinations, and what it tells us about the enduring power of human contact.


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