Hrdy's passion for this material is evident, and she is deeply aware of the personal stake she has here as a woman, a mother, and a professional. This highly accomplished author relies on her own extensive research background as well as the works of others in multiple disciplines (anthropology, primatology, sociobiology, psychology, and even literature). Despite the exhaustive documentation given to her conclusions (as witness the 140-plus-page notes and bibliography sections), the book unfolds in an exceptionally lucid, readable, and often humorous manner. It is a truly compelling read, highly recommended. --Katherine Ferguson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A scholarly book written in an accessible and engaging style.
Only complaint might be that it's a dense read, and doesn't have a nice "backdrop" to organize it like Robert Wright's books (which I highly recommend).
In my enthusiasm, I loaned my book to friends and never got it back, but I've been wishing I could read it again all these years.
Had to get this book for my antro class. It is interesting but not for me. I might take a look at it at a later point in my life.Published 9 months ago by Karina
I had to read this book for a college class on animal behavior and evolution. I was pretty much dreading having to read it because it seemed like it was going to be a sappy book... Read morePublished 11 months ago by deadchristmastrees
I really enjoyed this book. Some non fiction books can get really bogged down and beyond the understanding of someone who is only a bit familiar with the subject matter. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Author Jane B Night
I only wish I had had this book to read when my own children were young. Sarah Hrdy is a creative and courageous explorer - how she managed to set off on her line of inquiry,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by beaverkeeper
have not had a chance to read it yet but I am hoping that I will be able to get to it soonPublished 16 months ago by Katrina Ferron
Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (born 1946) is an American anthropologist and primatologist, and is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California at Davis, where she... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Steven H. Propp
This is an amazing book, that I've been giving as a gift to everyone I know. Turns your assumptions up-side-down!Published on July 14, 2011 by Book Babe
Loved this book. Had the same experience as when I read The Selfish Gene: like puzzle pieces falling into place. Admirable, broad-scoped, multi-disciplined, far reaching work.Published on March 25, 2011 by Hugh Oatcake