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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.
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 18 days ago by Linda Lee Stronza
One of the best and most interesting books that I have ever read.Published 25 days ago by Nick Portalski
Maybe I expected too much; the book had come so highly recommended and I was disappointed. I can understand enhancing your story to make it more readable & entertaining, but I was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary J. Grosso
One of the best books about Africa that I've read. Great book on many levels - book about travel in Africa in the late 70's, a book about science, a book about baboons and kind of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Streck
wonderfully written and interesting book .. Robert Sapolsky is always a good read.Published 1 month ago by Ann Reindollar
A Primatologist's "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!".
Hilarious at times, full of insights about culture and behavior in humans and baboons.
Wonderful book. Well written, entertaining and educational.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My sister, a scientist, recommended this book. Imagined it would be dry, obscure and somewhat dull. I couldn't have been more wrong. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mm312