The Human Career, second edition

by Richard G. Klein
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. 810 pages.

Simply the single best reference and advanced introduction to paleoanthropology — the subject of human biological and cultural evolution, the area where physical anthropology and prehistoric archeology overlap. Writing in Evolution, Henry McHenry describes it as "by far the best book of its kind"; writing in Antiquity, R. A. Foley describes it as "the best introduction to the problems and data of modern palaeoanthropology yet published." And no wonder: unmatched for breadth, range, and reliability, with more than 2500 references cited in 800 pages, The Human Career is indispensable for any serious student of human evolution.