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The Question (ID Number 499)...

    I very much appreciate your trilogy: Ishmael, The Story of B and My Ishmael. Your insights help us see how our Taker Culture represents an aberration in human evolution. I am interested in seeing a list of references that you cited for the factual material presented in these books. Would it be possible to e-mail such a list?

    ...and the response:

    Most of the books that contributed to the formulation of my ideas were
    read long before I had any thought of writing a book. They were read not
    as "research," but to satisfy my own personal need for answers;
    this being the case, it didn't occur to me to keep a log of them. I've
    been a subscriber to Scientific American for decades, for example, and
    routinely read the articles that appear there on a regular basis about
    human evolution, tribal societies, and the origin and spread of
    agriculture. Among the hundreds of books I’ve consulted over the years,
    many just expanded my general knowledge (of the hunting-gathering
    lifestyle, for example) without contributing any particular bolt of
    enlightenment. Some were just basic reference works, like The Penguin
    Atlas of Ancient History
    , by Colin McEvedy, and Past Worlds: The
    Times Atlas of Archaeology
    . The few books that DID contribute
    particular bolts of enlightenment can be found among those on the
    Suggested Reading list on my website
    Farley Mowat’s People of the Deer (out of print for several years
    but soon to be reissued by a new publisher), Jean Liedloff’s The
    Continuum Concept,
    Peter Farb’s, Man's Rise to Civilization,
    Marshall Sahlins’ Stone Age Economics, and Richard Dawkins’ The
    Selfish Gene

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