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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.
great insight into life of a scientist in Africa with humor and insightPublished 2 months ago by Penny Stroud
I could only read a few pages of this book. It was too dense and not for someone not in that field of research.Published 2 months ago by ann f strauss
One of my all-time favorite books! Picked it up for a college anthropology course and could not put it down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zelin
Great writing. Seriously funny. He introduces you to many primate societies and cultures, simian and human. I couldn't put it down and was sorry when it ended.Published 2 months ago by Doug Plummer
Surprising insights about what it means to be human. He parallels descriptions of baboon behavior with similar observations of human behavior, though the relationships are not... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kay W. Carpenter
A scientist's young life, a glimpse into East Africa's recent past, and the saga of a troop of primates not so far from human. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Derek
"A Primate's Memoir" was a difficult book to rate. Robert Sapolsky is an excellent writer, funny and in some spots hilarious, and his semi-journal of his time observing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Clay Kallam