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The Handshake : A Gripping History

Al-Shamahi, Ella
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Published: September 2, 2021
ISBN: 9781788167819
176 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£7.99

sFriends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees – and it’s not just deeply embedded in our history and culture, it may even be written in our DNA. The humble handshake, it turns out, has a rich and surprising history.

So let’s join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a funny and 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, anthropological insights and first-hand experience, she’ll reveal how this most friendly of gestures 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. Because the story of the handshake …

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