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Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behavior Paperback – April, 1979


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams (April 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810921847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810921849
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Desmond Morris was born in 1928. Educated at Birmingham and Oxford universities, he became the Curator of Mammals at London Zoo in 1959, a post he held for eight years.

In 1967 he published The Naked Ape which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and has changed the way we view our own species forever.

An accomplished artist, TV presenter, film maker and writer, Desmond Morris's books have been published in over thirty-six countries.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sailoil on August 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book back in the 1980's and it made a huge impact on me. I found that I could read what people were doing by their gestures, who they were with, how they felt about the person, even what they were likely to do next. It's amazing what you can tell with a little insight and some observation. I wanted a copy of the book and looked everywhere but I couldn't find it. My last resort was Amazon who sourced me a second hand copy [...] in hardback. That was the first book I bought from Amazon, but I haven't looked back since.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you want a book that answers all of the why's of human behavior, this book is it. It covers everything from dialation of the eyes to how we ward off someone in our personal space. This book is a good source for those studying human behavior, as well as those who are more interested in the nonverbal communication of humans. I read the book almost five years ago, and the information is still clear in my mind. Well written and concise, this book is interesting as well as educational.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By maydont@bigfoot.com on December 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Morris compiles a fully-illustrated book which is anthropological/sociological account of human behavior.
It includes histories and comparisons of human gestures, ceremonial behaviour, religious issuses, different education, and other sociological topics. Morris also deals with philosophy of social behvior such as the concept of sport, conflict and hunting.
It is a fascinating book. And is compelling reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Desmond Morris has never been known to cater to popular opinion in his research; either you have the emotional maturity to deal with his observations, or you don't.
This man's books are a must have for anyone who wants to better understand why the people around him (or her) do the strange things they do. While every theory may not be perfect, his works demonstrate a classic scientific method of discovery through social observation that remains useful in any situation
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marc MacYoung on October 2, 2013
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This book literally saved my life. The part about skin color change as a pre-attack indicator saved my hide. When I contacted Dr. Morris years later, he said he'd had some compliments, but never that big of one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowley on February 26, 2013
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This is an excellent if not absolute for the initiation into people watching, as it is a substantial introduction into the subject matter that is highly beneficial for any animation student dealing with characters, and artist wishing to capture the true human emotion, and understanding their true meaning behind their behavior and bodily language enabling them to do as such with more ease. On top of that this would be great for writers to will to get a better understanding of their characters or desiring a visual interpretation of them. Just remember it is a little dated and societies and cultures may have changed, evolved, or took different turns in the meanings mentioned within. It is excellent for the time period, and most preferably supplemental for today, as it also explains the nature of life involving past, present, and future connotations to awake one to the aforementioned warning. Finally, it provides a plethora of reference material and resources to further ones study or isolate a subject, as well as provides a means for an imaginative generation of further unknowns calling for the need of completed studies that would be beneficial to the field if embarked upon. Great pictures to look on.
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