De Waal's respect for both his readers and his research subjects come shining through in the simple clarity he uses when describing both the endless sex of bonobo apes and the heartrending violence occasionally present in chimp hierarchal structure. By illustrating his points with a mixture of straight-from-research experiences and jokes at the expense of modern politicians, he keeps his ideas compelling for anyone with a basic understanding of evolutionary science without drifting towards the academic drone that could be expected of by a researcher of his experience.
You won't find specific conclusions concerning human nature, but instead a gentle, almost rambling look at two primate species with vastly different social networks and how, perhaps, humanity can learn from each to our benefit. A few of de Waal's lovely duotone photos (My Family Album: 30 Years of Primate Photography grace the end of the book, featuring close-up shots of the folks he's been writing about--chimps like Yeroen, Nikkie and Mama, and bonobo Kuif and adopted daughter Roosje are downright thrilling to see after reading such interesting stories about their lives. Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Should be a required read of every college student regardless of major.Published 3 months ago by Mark Shrapnell
Interesting and data-rich. However, his reflections on social issues are, in my opinion, somehow trivial. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ana L Valazza
I read this book for my anthropology class. I had also seen many documentaries mentioning Frans de Waal. It is fascinating and an easy read. I highly recommend it.Published 5 months ago by jan thomas
I purchased this for my 12yr old son to use for a science project. He loved the book and has taught us all so much from it. I have not personally read it, only skimmed a bit.Published 9 months ago by L. Jordan
This is a fun and easy read. It provides a number of interesting stories about chimp and bonobo communities and sets out an accessible and coherent discussion of the differences... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Timothy E. Kennelly
This book does makes you take stock of who we are as a species. The most Salient point was the misrepresentation of the commonly abused concept of "Survival of the Fittest" and the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mister C
This book is an intriguing intro to the social lives of our two closest ancestors, chimps and bonobos. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SirGarvey
In great condition! No markings, tears, wears, etc. It definitely fit the description as stated and I would recommend it!Published 18 months ago by Thelmy
From the first page, I was hooked. A captivating book that encourages you to do your research and learn as much as possible about these amazing creatures.Published 19 months ago by Big Ol Al