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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (836 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frans de Waal Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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We have long attributed man’s violent, aggressive, competitive nature to his animal ancestry. But what if we are just as given to cooperation, empathy, and morality by virtue of our genes? What if our behavior actually makes us apes? What kind of apes are we?

From a scientist and writer E. O. Wilson has called “the world authority on primate social behavior” comes a fascinating look at the most provocative aspects of human nature—power, sex, violence, kindness, and morality—through our two closest cousins in the ape family. For nearly twenty years, Frans de Waal has worked with both the famously aggressive chimpanzee and the lesser-known egalitarian, erotic, matriarchal bonobo, two species whose DNA is nearly identical to that of humans.

De Waal shows the range of human behavior through his study of chimpanzees and bonobos, drawing from their personalities, relationships, power struggles, and high jinks important insights about our human behavior. The result is an engrossing and surprising narrative that reveals what their behavior can teach us about our own nature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “De Waal offers vivid, often delightful stories of politics, sex, violence, and kindness in the ape communities he has studied to illustrate such questions as why we are irreverent toward the powerful.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An informative and engaging work that stresses the similarities and differences among humans, bonobos, and chimpanzees.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Illuminating and provocative”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 2/5/2014

    " After reading Desmond Morris, this was a refreshing look at human and primate behavior. A bit more balance, a bit more humility and compassion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Momo | 1/29/2014

    " De Waal is actually a mentor of my previous instructor in the Spring of 2008. Fascinating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rose | 1/4/2014

    " Very interesting. It took me a little longer to read this than usual mostly due to the fact I occasionally needed a short break, especially during the chapter on violence. However, it was never because to boredom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by marcali | 12/29/2013

    " After reading this, feel the urge to hoot softly, or scratch, while interacting with others. You think you're different from a damned, dirty ape? You're not. "

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