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A Primate's Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons

A Primate's Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons
 

A Primate's Memoir is the closest the baboon is likely to come - and it's plenty close enough - to having its own Iliad' The New York Times Review of Books'One of the best scientist-writers of our time' Oliver SacksBrooklyn-born Robert Sapolsky grew up wishing he could live in th... read full description below.

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Published 1 August 2019 by Vintage
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Author(s) By Sapolsky, Robert M.
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ISBN-13 9781529112306
ISBN-10 1529112303
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 1 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Sapolsky, Robert M.
Category Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Animal Behaviour
Primates
Wild Animals
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 305g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Baboons - Behavior - Kenya, Maasai African people - Social life and customs - Kenya
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 599.865096762
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

FROM AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, BEHAVE 'Remarkable... A Primate's Memoir is the closest the baboon is likely to come - and it's plenty close enough - to having its own Iliad' The New York Times Review of Books 'One of the best scientist-writers of our time' Oliver Sacks Brooklyn-born Robert Sapolsky grew up wishing he could live in the primate diorama in the Museum of Natural History. At school he wrote fan letters to primatologists and even taught himself Swahili, all with the hope of one day joining his primate brethren in Africa. But when, at the age of twenty-one, Sapolky's dream finally comes true he discovers that the African bush bears little resemblance to the tranquillity of a museum. This is the story of the next twenty-one years as Sapolsky slowly infiltrates and befriends a troop of Savannah baboons. Alone in the middle of the Serengeti with no electricity, running water or telephone, and surviving countless scams, culinary atrocities and a surreal kidnapping, Sapolsky becomes ever more enamoured with his adopted baboon troop - unique and compelling characters in their own right - and he returns to them summer after summer, until tragedy finally prevails. Exhilarating, hilarious and poignant, A Primate's Memoir is a uniquely honest window into the coming-of-age of one of our greatest scientific minds.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review One of the most engrossing, exhilarating and irreverent books on Africa and its wildlife ever published * Financial Times * Smart, stylish, distinctive... A magnificent tale of morality among the hamfisted machiavellians * Independent * Splendidly written and entertaining... ACE. Buy this book now * Scotsman * Flies along like a well-paced and finely crafted novel...[giving] us a cast of characters as memorably colorful as any that Dickens ever created * Newsweek * One of the best scientist-writers of our time -- Oliver Sacks
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Robert M. Sapolsky holds degrees from Harvard and Rockefeller Universities and is currently a Professor of Biology and Neurology at Stanford University and a Research Associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya. He is the author of The Trouble with Testosterone, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (both finalists for the LA Times Book Award), and A Primate's Memoir. Sapolsky has contributed to Natural History, Discover, Men's Health, and Scientific American, and is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant.

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