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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.
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 14 days 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 17 days ago by Dan Streck
wonderfully written and interesting book .. Robert Sapolsky is always a good read.Published 18 days 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 28 days 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 1 month ago by mm312
This is the best book i have read in a long time; smart, funny, utterly enthralling. Before opening it i feared it might be too dry or dense to enjoy in a non-academic way, but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave Katz