Popular science of the highest order. All the necessary ingredients are there: a well-read author, an educational mindset and good, fluent prose.
A formidable educational journey . . . This is the book the linguists have needed for so long.
Johansson writes with enthusiasm and a desire to impart his knowledge . . . The delight is contagious.
A fascinating overview of human language
An elegant intellectual thriller . . . A model of popular-science writing in its imperturbable, reasonable weighing of competing ideas . . . [A] fascinating story in its own right