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His memoir is, in the main, quite humorous, although Sapolsky flings a few darts along the way at the late activist Dian Fossey--who, he hints, may have indirectly caused the deaths of her beloved mountain gorillas by her unstable, irrational dealings with local people--and at local bureaucrats whose interests did not often coincide with those of Sapolsky's wild charges. It is also full of good information on primates and primatology, a subject whose practitioners, it seems, are constantly fighting to save species and ecosystems. "Every primatologist I know is losing that battle," he writes. "They make me think of someone whose unlikely job would be to collect snowflakes, to rush into a warm room and observe the unique pattern under a microscope before it melts and is never seen again." --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is extremely enjoyable to read.
Sapolsky is a great story teller, however, equally entertaining in presenting both his adventures and his research, his world and that of his baboons.
Plus it made me laugh out loud, and any book that can make me laugh (not smile, not smirk, not giggle) is always worth a read.
This was required reading for my Anthropology class & surprisingly, as I am NOT an anthropology major, I enjoyed it thoroughly. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lisa Wilson
This delightful book captivated me from the beginning. The baboons become engaging central characters, and I found myself entirely caught up in their daily dramas. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Lise
In his autobiography, George Santayana writes: “Ghastly are those autobiographies that contain nothing but old jokes and old anecdotes,” and this book comes dangerously close to... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Rlotz
The book is supposed to be a study of the baboons in Africa by a neuroscientist. The author ‘joins’ a troop of baboons in Kenya, gives them various names from the old testament... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam Santhosh
This is deep entertainment for the soul. There is real Africa adventure, juxtaposed with groundbreaking research, and above all a delightful cast of baboons. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lilac
But still so good. I couldn't always keep up with the storyline, but I was still hooked the entire time.Published 2 months ago by A. Gray
Read this while traveling in Rwanda and Uganda trekking gorillas, golden monkeys and chimps....it was quite fitting, and even added to my understanding of what I was observing on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deborah F. Glasheen
This author is the one of best. All of Sapolsky's book are funny, interesting, and educational. He is also a great speaker and Stanford Professor.Published 2 months ago by michele
Experience the range of emotions from love to hate, from happiness to depression, and learn about baboon at the same time. Very well written and informative.Published 3 months ago by Linda Lee Stronza