Latest Cover Design and Advance Praise

Here’s the latest cover design for the book.

We have already received wonderful endorsements for the book from Geoffrey Miller, Baba Brinkman and David Barash, excerpts of which will appear on the cover. Here they are in full:

Nature and nurture interact to produce behavior – but how, exactly? In this engaging and witty book, biologist Rob Brooks shows how human nature interacts with social and economic conditions to explain some of the most troubling aspects of modern human life – obesity, environmental degradation, over-population, sexual conflict, polygyny, female-biased abortion, and heavy metal music. His science is good, his writing is clear, and his policy suggestions would make the world a better place. A must-read for the evo-curious.

Geoffrey Miller, author of The Mating Mind and Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior

Finally, a book about evolution that’s as readable as a Rolling Stone article without any loss of depth or rigor.  On the contrary, even as he stage-dives into the most controversial subjects, Brooks’ rock and roll writing style still comes fast and feverish with the facts, a dazzling tour of the hidden evolutionary logic behind modern life.  Crank up your stereo, read it, savor it, and then give it to your zoned-out friend with the headphones on.  This  book will blow her mind more than the music.

Baba Brinkman, Creator of the Rap Guide to Evolution

Evolution is much more than a history lesson; properly employed, it is an illuminating guide to the present and a powerful prophet of the future. And Rob Brooks uses evoutionary thinking not just properly, but superbly. Whether illuminating the obesity crisis, world population, the ever-fascinating panorama of sex and love, or the adaptive value of music (especially rock and roll), “Sex, Genes and Rock ‘n’ Roll” offers up a humane, accessible and scientifically informed vision of how evolution is always with us.

David P. Barash, Professor of Psychology, University of Washington and co-author of Payback: why we retaliate, redirect aggression and seek revenge

Rob Brooks

I am an evolutionary biologist who thinks about sex for a living. Things I have thought and written about include the evolution of mate choice, the costs of being attractive, the reason animals age and the links between sex, diet, obesity and death. Follow @Brooks_Rob on Twitter.

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