In this highly original, ground-breaking book, Terence Kealey will present an evolutionary and economic history of humanity, showing how the roots of barter, trade and the contract are embedded in human nature and how markets work on the evolutionary principles of natural selection. Richly multi-disciplinary, it will range across human history from neolithic times, through Ancient Egypt and the European explorers of the Renaissance, to the failure of the Soviet economy, to show how an understanding of biology and natural selection can radically transform our view of economics, business, technology, and the economic history of our species. Witty, brilliant, thought-provoking and provocative, it promises to be an important and highly controversial book.
Terence Kealey is a clinical biochemist specialising in the biochemistry of hair. He writes regularly for the Spectator, the Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph and the New Scientist.