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Famous Anthropology Books and Novels

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List of famous anthropology books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular anthropology books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best anthropology novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Books on this list include The book of tea and The Naked Ape.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best anthropology books?" and "What are the most famous anthropology books?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable anthropology titles on Amazon with just one click.
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    SubjectsEntrepreneurship

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Sociology

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    28

    Stephanie Nolen

    SubjectsCurrent events, Politics, International relations, International, Political Science

    Genres (Book)Anthropology

    28: Stories of AIDS in Africa is a 2007 non-fiction book by Canadian author Stephanie Nolen, Africa correspondent for The Globe and Mail. The book profiles 28 Africans who have HIV/AIDS, or have...  more
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    A Land of Ghosts

    David G. Campbell

    SubjectsEcology, Brazil, Australia, History, New Zealand

    Genres (Book)Nature, Anthropology, Reference

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    SubjectsPopular culture, Biological anthropology

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Sociology

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    SubjectsFinance, Economic development

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Business, Economics

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    A perfect harmony

    Roger A. Caras

    SubjectsEcology, Animal, History

    Genres (Book)Nature, Anthropology

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    A Pre-Columbian World

    Elizabeth Hill Boone

    SubjectsWorld, Antiquities, Latin America, History, American History

    Genres (Book)Anthropology

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    SubjectsAnthropology, Geography, Cultural anthropology, Culture

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Sociology

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    Accounting for Tastes

    Tony Bennett, John Frow

    SubjectsPopular culture, Australia, Cultural anthropology

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Sociology

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    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Non-fiction, History

    African Ark: People and Ancient Cultures of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa is a book by Carol Beckwith, Angela Fisher and Graham Hancock....  more
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    After Jews and Arabs

    Ammiel Alcalay

    SubjectsCultural studies, Civilization, Middle East, Islamic studies, Israel

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Sociology

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    After the Fact

    Clifford Geertz, Fred Saberhagen

    SubjectsAnthropology, Morocco, Indonesia, Statistics, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Anthropology, Sociology

    After the Fact is a book by Clifford Geertz....  more
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    SubjectsInterdisciplinary Studies, Nationalism

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Sociology

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    Aid and Comfort

    Erika Holzer

    SubjectsMilitary history, World, Military, United States of America, Vietnam War

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Biography

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    SubjectsMythology, Cultural studies, Literature, Storytelling, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Fiction, Sociology

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    All Over the Map

    Patricia Nelson Limerick

    SubjectsCultural studies, United States of America, History, American History

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Sociology

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    American Passages

    David Oshinsky

    SubjectsSocial history, World, United States of America, 20th century, History

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Children's literature

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    SubjectsMiddle East, Social history, World, Egypt, Israel

    Genres (Book)Anthropology

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    SubjectsPhilosophy, Middle East, Social history, World, Magic

    Genres (Book)Anthropology

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    Ancient lives

    Brian M. Fagan

    SubjectsPrehistoric archaeology, Cultural studies, Antiquities, Archaeology

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Sociology

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    Anthropologist

    Mary Batten

    SubjectsCareers

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Children's literature

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    SubjectsMiddle East, Social history, World, Egypt, History

    Genres (Book)Anthropology

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    SubjectsEthnography, Australia

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Sociology

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    Archaeology

    Brian Fagan

    SubjectsArchaeology, History, Physical anthropology, World

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Mathematics, Sociology, Science

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    Armageddon in Waco

    Stuart A. Wright

    SubjectsCultural studies, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology