The small group of paleo anthropologists who chase eary hominid remains seem to have one trait in common; they do not play well with others. Why does Donald Johansson remind me of the Black Adder? Martin Meredith traces the developement of African paleoanthropology from its origins to the present day. Meredith has been writing about Africa for 25 years. He writes well and has a fascinating story to tell.
In my opinion Born in Africa is worth reading if one is interested in the origins of our species and/or the men and women who have brought those origins to light over the last hundred years or so. Meredith has done his homework and writes well. He has a dozen books to his credit, including a well regarded biography of Nelson Mandela. I found the book at my library. Amazon has it, and the reviews there support my opinion. If one is interested in a brief, non-technical, up-to-date summary of the state of African hominid paleoanthropology, this book would serve nicely. Regarding the Black Adder reference, Johansson resembles Rowan Atkinson, and appears to have the ethical sensibilities of a weasle.