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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com; annotated edition edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420924990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420924992
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,177,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Even cows, when they frisk about from pleasure, throw up their tails in a ridiculous fashion." So writes Charles Darwin in his magnum opus on how humans and animals display such emotions as fear, anger, disdain, and pleasure; it is work that has in most respects been sustained by later scientific research. First published in 1872, Darwin's greatest work was never issued in quite the shape its author intended: bits and pieces were left out of subsequent printings, most of them released after Darwin's death, and later editors made additions to suit the intellectual fashion of their times. This definitive edition, heavily annotated, brings us the book that Darwin would have wanted, and it is essential to any naturalist's library. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ekman's edition is no mere reprint plus introduction. The text itself is not a reprint, because Ekman has collated the previous editions and Darwin's manuscripts and corrected some errors. He has also added a particularly good afterword, in which he describes the 20th-century debate about whether emotional expressions are a human universal.... The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals is one of Darwin's most readable works. It is alive with anecdotes, literary quotations and his own observations of his friends and children. Artificial-intelligence nerds, neuropsychiatric white-coats and magazine psychobabblers all have some way to go in understanding the emotions, and there will be no better inspiration for them (and the rest of us) than the ideas of one of the master intellects of all time, in this smart new edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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And he will wait, cool, with endless patience.
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The text is in the public domain, so if you don't care what format it's in, just download it for free and print it out.
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The cover looks great, the print quality is clear... but the illustrations are missing.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By K. Driscoll on February 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
OK, so clearly I was fooled by Amazon's practice of listing all reviews of a particular book regardless of edition. My mistake. The positive reviews this book has received are no doubt deserved, but this copy is unreadable. It is, as far as I can tell, a print-out of the public domain text, cheaply bound and so minimally formatted that italics are represented by _underscores_ and the right-hand margin is not even justified. The cover image isn't even correctly proportioned, which, given the original image, is pretty shocking in and of itself.

I can't believe Amazon are even selling this thing. It's a disgrace. I could have produced a better copy myself for less money! The text is in the public domain, so if you don't care what format it's in, just download it for free and print it out. Otherwise, go for the new edition which got such good reviews.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Ever since I received Paul EkmanÕs new edition of DarwinÕs classic work, the book has been my constant companion. I carry it with me from room to room, picking it up to read whenever I have a few minutes.
You can open to just about any page and discover yet another gem. Whether you find a bit to read by chance, or whether you like to be guided by the fascinating table of contents and index, or whether you prefer to begin at the beginning, Darwin is always interesting and accessible. In view of our troubled world, I find it helpful to remember that empathy is an essential part of human and animal nature. It seems the study of emotion must lead us toward a deeper understanding of these universal, powerful forces that energize and transform our lives.
ÒExpressionÓ is really an old friend. As a young dance therapist in the 1960s, I was impressed first by DarwinÕs ability to describe the dynamic process of expressive movement. Obviously it is the emotions that motivate and shape the way we move. I learned then that his observations were gathered over a period of 30 years. His subjects included not only all kinds of animals, but also human infants, children and adults from every walk of life and from many different cultures. He approached the study of emotional expression from the perspective of art, literature and inner experience, as well as from muscles and the nervous system. Although it was first published over 125 years ago (1872) DarwinÕs work continues to inspire and inform contemporary research in many fields.
The new edition is simply outstanding. Paul EkmanÕs editing is clearly a Òlabor of love,Ó and at the same time a thorough, original scholarly contribution.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Anderson on July 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book that I throw my serious students after I make them read the Voyage. While the subject is serious, there is more than a hint of play throughout, and one can just imagine Darwin observing his own children for clues to discuss as each chapter unfolds. Although this book is of course not nearly as important as the Origin or even Descent, it is essentially part of the Long Argument, and is a great way of bringing behavioural topics to the fore in any discussion of evolution. A pity it is that many modern popularizers of "evolutionary psychology" seem to have missed parts of the form and substance that Darwin expresses here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr Snarly on November 29, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Amazon has a weird policy of lumping together reviews for all the different editions of this book. The bound, Oxford University Press version, with commentary by Paul Ekman, is fantastic. None of the problems with other editions apply to the Ekman version. Don't be discouraged by the negative reviews - the Oxford edition will not disappoint. It has all the original text and photos, it is beautifully produced, and it includes lots of extras too in the form of Ekman's commentary and an essay on the famous illustrations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By peter on May 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This was a real disappointment. Nowhere, on the Amazon site, or in the book, does it indicate that this edition lacks all the photos of the original - which of course are crucial to the book. It's a cheap reprint (using underscore marks each side of a word to indicate that it is in italics in the original). Buy one of the new editions that will have it all.

PS the enthusiastic customer and general reviews attached to this item's amazon entry are not for this edition
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Huston on October 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
i have the genuine oxford-published edition edited (etc) by paul ekman, and it is fantastic: great additons to and insights regarding this seminal text, nicely bound and printed. a first-rate book all around.

i'm not sure which edition(s) all the one-star reviewers are complaining about, but adding specifics to their reviews would definitely be helpful - especially in light of amazon's habit of mixing reviews for all editions of a book together, as one reviewer even points out (but then doesn't clarify).

so: oxford edition. accept no substitutes!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Edenfield on November 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
The book is absolutely fascinating. I just started reading it 2 days ago and am half way through it but the publisher left out some very significant stuff. For example: where are all the pictures that go with the material?? Nowhere to be found!!!! They've also omitted several passages from the text! How much? I have no idea! They break off in mid sentence to give notes and never come back to the sentence they were on!!!
I strongly recomend picking this book up just not from bibliobazar
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