Bourke's critique of the concept of human rights opens an important debate on a complacent ideal
Provocative, exhilarating . . . Bourke's intelligence is sharp, her language lively, and the cultural images striking
What it Means to be Human ingeniously subverts assumptions of a clear-cut notion of "humanity". Bourke successfully undermines any complacency about absolute distinctions . . . Bourke deserves congratulations for bravely going where many historians would fear to tread. She also deserves many readers prepared to engage critically with the important issues raised by her quest to deconstruct "being human"