Anthropology Books Best Sellers of All Times

anthropology books best sellers

Anthropology is nicknamed the “science of mankind” since it studies people everywhere

Anthropologists take a broad approach to understand the human experience, which makes the subject unique and intriguing science. Here are ten anthropology books best sellers of all time:

Our Caribbean

If you want to learn about the Caribbean, there is no better way than to read Our Caribbean by Bernard C. Theobalds. This book illuminates the Caribbean Islands’ history. Theobalds’ captivating prose extols the Caribbean peoples’ virtues, attractions, and character. As a well-travel islander, Theobalds describes a world so diverse in its origin and ethnicity yet homogenous, creating a rich mélange of identities, cultures, histories, and cuisines.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Jared Diamond argues that the differences in power and technology between human societies are due to geographical factors. He shows how the distribution of certain natural resources, like animals and plants, has influence the development of civilizations. Anyone interest in human society’s past should read this book.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

In this groundbreaking book, Yuval Noah Harari tells the story of human civilization from its beginnings to the present day. He explores the major changes that have shape our world, from the advent of agriculture to the rise of the nation-state. Anyone who wants to comprehend the progression of human history should read this.

The Selfish Gene

In this classic book, Richard Dawkins argues that the true nature of human beings is selfishness. He shows how our genes influence our behavior in ways that benefit us, even if it means harming others. Interest in the science of human behavior should read this book.

The Third Chimpanzee

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Jared Diamond argues that humans are not so different from other animals. He shows how our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, share many characteristics, including our capacity for violence.

The Bell Curve

In this controversial book, Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray argue that intelligence is the most important factor in determining success in life. They show how IQ scores are correlate with income, education, and other measures of success. Anyone interest in the science of human intelligence should read this.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Oliver Sacks tells the stories of patients with rare and fascinating neurological conditions in this classic book. He explores how these conditions can give us insights into the workings of the human brain. Anyone interested in the science of the human mind should read this.

The Naked Ape

In this classic book, Desmond Morris argues that humans are not so different from other animals. He shows how our evolutionary history influences our behavior as a species.

The Tipping Point

In this bestselling book, Malcolm Gladwell explores how small changes can lead to big effects. He shows how certain ideas and products can “tip” and become popular and how this can impact society.

The Human Zoo

In this classic book, Desmond Morris argues that our evolutionary history shapes human behavior as a species. He shows how our behavior is influence by the same forces that influence the behavior of other animals. This is an essential read for anyone gaining in the animal origins of human behavior.

The anthropology books on this list are just a few of the many that have captivate readers over the years. These books offer a window into the fascinating world of human behavior and provide insights that can be apply to our everyday lives.


To conclude, the best anthropology books are a great way to learn about different cultures and their customs. They can also provide valuable analytics into our culture and how it has change over time. If you’re a person who is always gaining more information about other cultures or looking for a way to understand your own better, these books are a great place to start.

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Excerpts taken from the chapter on St Lucia

(pages 148 - 157)

There is dispute as to the origin of the name and discovery of St. Lucia, creating the opportunity for all kinds of speculation. Even Thomas Coke (in 1811) challenges the very discovery of the island, and in which particular voyage, by Columbus; and all available evidence suggests that Columbus never came close to the islands of the Southern Antilles (except for Trinidad). Even his courses through the islands, derived from his logs, show no approach to Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent or St. Lucia. It is known however, that our explorer touched by Martinique during his Fourth Voyage in 1502, coming in from the Atlantic through the Martinique Channel. It is also revealing there is no mention of Columbus’ reaction to the unique Pitons, though he was known to keep copious notes.

The island is heavily volcanic, dominated by a central mountain range traversing much of its length, north to south, punctuated with fertile valleys going down to the sea. A one-time English resident and writer, Henry Breen, wrote enthusiastically of St. Lucia in 1842, of its wild and romantic scenery, grand and picturesque, its somber forests and shallow rivers and other enchanting forms. These sentiments would still apply today

The French were probably the first colonists, in the seventeenth century, when France and England both rising naval powers, initiated their conquest of Spain’s Caribbean colonies. St. Lucia would become a major producer of sugar and other slave-grown crops. The French developed the island’s sulphur baths at the south-western town of Soufriere and left their mark to this day, with all the nation’s towns and villages (Castries, Gros Islet, Vieux Fort, Soufriere, Laborie) given French names, and a French patois being universally spoken. Roman Catholicism was, until recent times, the overwhelmingly dominant religion, in contrast with other British territories, like Barbados, where Anglicanism prevails. Castries the capital and main port, founded in 1650, is named after a French nobleman.

The Pitons and surrounding area were designated a World Heritage Site in 2004. The original natives called the island Hewanorra, “Land of Water” which name remains in use today for  the island’s international airport.
The island achieved independence in 1979 and is a member of the OECS grouping. Citizens refer to themselves, somewhat proudly as Looshuns, the word derived obviously from a   corruption of the name of their island. 

The island became known as The Helen of the West, apropos “Helen of Troy”, because it was, to the colonizing Europeans, militarily the most sought-after island in the Eastern Caribbean, simply in view of its location and large and naturally deep and sheltered harbours,  a rarity among the smaller islands in the region. It changed hands at least 14 times in violent conflict  between the English and the French, the most aggressive imperial powers after the decline of the Spanish.

The modern period has its own attractions too. The island has for many years, been the terminus of the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), an annual race for yachtsmen originating in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands during November, with arrival in St Lucia in time for Christmas celebrations. Then there is the internationally popular Jazz Festival held in May of every year attracting music aficionados from all over the world.

St Lucia may be heavily volcanic in origin, but it does have some beautiful golden-sand beaches, Sandals Resorts and the world famous and very exclusive Jade Mountain Resort, with its close-up and magnificent views of the Pitons.

Oprah Winfrey famously has said St Lucia and the Pitons … one of the five places to see in your lifetime.