Chip Walter

 

Chip Walter
William Shatner on Last Ape Standing – Cheers!

William Shatner on Last Ape Standing - Cheers!

"I read Last Ape Standing sitting down then I stood up and cheered. It's that good!" -- William Shatner

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Last Ape Standing Dispatch from Spain

Last Ape Standing Dispatch from Spain

Most recent dispatch from a Last Ape Standing -- Some images from Chip's most recent trip for National Geographic Magazine in Spain.

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Chip Walter – Just Checking in…

Chip Walter - Just Checking in...

By my count I've covered 50,000 miles, butchered phrases in five languages, eaten roughly 20 bad airline meals and been lucky enough to see some of the most stunning countryside you can imagine in five countries that border three oceans ...

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Kirkus Review on Last Ape Standing: “Engrossing.”

Kirkus Review on Last Ape Standing: Engrossing.

Kirkus Review says Last Ape Standing stands up well. An "engrossing, up-to-date account of human evolution." See what others like New Yorker Magazine, Booklist, William Shatner and Ray Kurzweil had to say at www.chipwalter.com.

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Neanderthals: Why Did We Make It, When They Didn’t?

Neanderthals: Why Did We Make It, When They Didn't?

Amid speculation over a 'Jurassic Park'-like return, the question remains: Why did they vanish in the first place?

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Chip at the Petit Pont in Paris, September 2013.

Chip Walter's Gardenville Short, Short Stories

Earlier this year I found myself writing little stories about my boyhood. They were part reminiscence and part imagination-mongering.

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Dispatches from a Last Ape Standing – France #1

Dispatches from a Last Ape Standing - France #1

Another in Chip Walter's "Dispatches from a Last Ape Standing"...this relates his recent trip to France on assignment for National Geographic Magazine.

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A Last Ape Standing Excerpt in Scientific American

A Last Ape Standing Excerpt in Scientific American

In an excerpt from Last Ape Standing in Scientific American, author Chip Walter explores how our long childhood explains why we have been so successful.

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Actor Michael Keaton Ruminates on Last Ape Standing

Actor Michael Keaton Ruminates on Last Ape Standing

"This book has a way of making you feel magnificently insignificant and at the same time an essential, vital part of the chain of human evolution. Just when you thought you were fully evolved as a human...think again. Mind blowing ...

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Did Childhood Make Us Invincible?

Did Childhood Make Us Invincible?

How the evolution of childhood lead to modern humans conquering the planet. In this Slate piece, Chip explains why our long childhood changed everything.

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The First Artists – National Geographic Magazine

The First Artists - National Geographic Magazine

For more than two years Chip Walter travelled to locations in Africa and Europe for the National Geographic Society to track down the roots of our creativity. Learn what he discovered...

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Dispatches From Istanbul…

Dispatches From Istanbul...

Some short dispatches from Istanbul, Venice, Rome and Beijing...

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Welcome!

At last you have made your way to the website of Chip Walter. (Try to control your excitement.) If you’re a curious person – and your discovery of this site attests that you are – then you’ve arrived at the right place. Go ahead, browse…

Chip is a journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNN Bureau Chief. He has written four books, all of them, one way or another, explorations of human creativity, human nature and human curiosity.

Last Ape Standing 3D coverHis latest book, Last Ape Standing, has been getting terrific reviews and selling like Kanye West t-shirts! The New Times Book Review called it “a lively journey.” The New Yorker, “engaging … sheds a fascinating light on our evolutionary success,” and Kirkus Reviews, “engrossing.” It is also a Chautauqua Institution Literary and Scientific Circle selection — the nation’s oldest book club. If you order now, you can receive a 34% discount. Who doesn’t like that?

Maybe you’ll agree with writer, inventor and thinker Ray Kurzweil that, “Nearly every page offers something that will surprise or intrigue you. Read it. You’ll never see yourself or anyone else the same way again.” Available in hardback at bookstores everywhere and online at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and IndieBound.org.CorrectedBoldEFQCover

Explore this site further to learn about Chip’s current assignment with, and travels for, National Geographic Magazine. And check out something entirely different – Chip’s new serial novel, The Misadventures of Ernest Fletcher QuickThe first episodes are available online at Amazon.com and Kobo.com, but you can also download them free here right now to your Kindle, iPad, Kobo, Nook, tablet or phone. If you love comedy, history and adventure, you’ll enjoy every episode!