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The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by [Harman, Oren]
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With his new book, Harman (The Man Who Invented the Chromosome) examines Price, a scientist and author whose promising life ended in self- destruction. Harman didn't set out to write a straightforward biography, but rather a history of Price's lifelong quest to understand evolution and the origins of altruism; along those lines the author includes the life and work of "Orwellian" psychologist B.F. Skinner, J.B.S. Haldane, and "the most distinguished Darwinian since Darwin," Bill Hamilton, who would become a close colleague of Price's. But it's Price's tale that grounds Harman's book. Part One focuses on the man's early life in Minneapolis, his marriage and divorce to Julia Madigan, with whom he had two daughters, and his later life in New York City, where he held countless jobs as he tried to get published. In November 1967 Price moved to London, determined to "crack the problem of altruism," and Part Two picks up there, with his conversion to Christianity, after which he gave away his possessions and dedicated himself to helping London's homeless, until he eventually joined their ranks. In 1975, just after Christmas, he took his own life. Harman has given voice to the professional contributions and personal struggles of a man whose body lies today in an unmarked grave in North London.
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"Uncommonly brilliant and deeply stimulating... almost cinematically satisfying. Harman has a rare gift for bringing ideas and thinkers to life" -- Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor Of The New Republic "A brilliant biography of a brilliant man. A powerful page-turner that vividly renders the obsessive absorption with the poles of cooperation and competition in nature" -- Daniel Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor Of History At Yale University "I stayed up a good part of the night reading... fascinating! ... Harman proves that the lives of some modern scientists are as ecstatic, tormented and filled with strange visions as those of medieval saints" -- Sylvia Nasar, Author Of A Beautiful Mind "A terrific book, at once scholarly and impossible to put down" -- Peter Godfrey-Smith, Professor Of Philosophy At Harvard University "Beautifully written, Harman's book does justice both to its sensitive subject matter and to the life of a very special, complex and ultimately tragic man." Waterstone's Books Quarterly

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  • File Size: 2307 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (June 17, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003R7L91C
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