I was concerned that this book would be too scholarly for an enjoyable read, but I was wrong. Yes, there are scholarly elements (such as constant statements like “this chapter will show…”) and a wealth of detail, but the content was easy to understand and enjoyable to read.
The authors thoroughly examine newly discovered archaeological finds that help to reinterpret past characterizations of the Neanderthals and their culture. Contrary to their brutish portrayal in popular belief, the Neanderthals were more like us than previously imagined, had a wide range of territory, and perhaps interacted with the ancestors of modern man. I especially enjoyed the final chapter that deals with how Neanderthals are portrayed in popular culture. Reserve it!