Animal aggression, it has often been argued, proves that violence and war will always play a central role in human life, yet our closest relatives also reveal astonishing talents for making peace. In this book Frans de Waal draws on detailed observation by himself and other leading experts to create accounts of primate relationships, rivalries and reconciliations in captivity and in the wild. Each species, he reveals, has its own repertoire of peace-making strategies, none exactly like ours, yet primates can teach us an immense amount about human hierarchies and homosexuality and even about such highly charged issues as child abuse and incest. Above all they show that our conciliatory gestures and desire for peace are just as "natural" as our aggressive impulses; if only we can learn to accept both sides of ourselves, we may yet achieve some of our hopes for a better world.
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De Waal's message is simple yet profound...[He describes] in lucid and vivid prose the peacemaking strategies of four non-human primates he has studied in captivity...His analysis should prove compelling for any reader who has ever made up after a fight--in short, for anyone. -- Barbara Smuts Natural History Probably the most clearly written, consistently and infectiously readable reporting of scientific research since T. H. Huxley popularized Darwin. -- Booklist Lorenz sought to trace the origins of human aggressive impulses. Now, 20 years later, the Lorenzian mantle--considerably transformed--has slipped onto the shoulders of a young Dutch ethologist named Frans de Waal. Once again we have a keen observer who immerses himself in the social lives of other animals. Like Lorenz, de Waal is eager to let his thoughts range widely and speculatively in order to extract from comparisons of human beings with other animals take-home messages about global issues of peace and war. -- Sarah Blaffer Hrdy New York Times Book Review Entertaining and exhaustively researched...Among the most perceptive and provocative of ethologists, [de Waal presents] persuasive evidence that the ruthless law of the jungle does not necessarily apply to humanity's closest relatives. -- Peter Gorner Chicago Tribune The best book published on the nature of conflict since Lorenz's On Aggression. Science Books and FilmsAbout the Author:
Frans B. M. de Waal is C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior in the Psychology Department and Director of Living Links, part of the Yerkes Primate Center, Emory University.
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Book Description Penguin, London, 1991. paperback. Book Condition: Good. First Paperback Edition. Many b&w photos in the text. First British edition. Some wear to cover, slight tear on back. Contents clean and sound. Used. Bookseller Inventory # 194289