British geneticist Adam Rutherford is one of the country's great science communicators, an alumnus of Nature
whose work we've celebrated here
for many years
; with his second book, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
, Rutherford reveals how the century's astounding advances in genetic science reveal just how little we understand about our genes -- and how our ideas about race and heredity are antiquated superstitions that reflect our biases more than our DNA. (See the bottom of this post for an important update about the upcoming US edition!