A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons


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In an exhilarating account of his 21-year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, Robert Sapolsky interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about the challenges and pleasures of living in the wilds of the Serengeti--for man and beast alike.

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Mar 21, 2013

Sapolsky at his best

Robert Sapolsky is an amazing lecturer, and in this book he manages to pass the spirit of his live lectures to the reader.
The book is often funny, sometimes it's sad.
Expect many delightful moments, don't always expect happy endings.


May 13, 2007

Primates and the primacy of love

If you like primates, the study of primate behavior or rich tales about living on the ground as a researcher - humanist in modern east Africa, you'll love this read. In a world of DVDs and video games, it's great to have a writer who you deliver you into where he lived, what he researched, and how he grew as a human being while studying these utterly fascinating relatives of ours. Good science, berret literature. Intelligent designers probably don't need to order this book.


Apr 4, 2007

My favorite field biologist memoir

This book was required reading for a semester-long program I participated in in Kenya; I think it is quite possibly the most enjoyable reading assignment I've ever had. Sapolsky does a fantastic job of telling incredible stories about his experiences as a field biologist and traveler in east Africa. I particularly enjoy reading field biologist memoirs, and this is by far the most entertaining account of several years in the bush. It is funny, captivating, unbelievable, and touching. I highly recommend it for travelers (safari-goers and armchair enthusiasts alike).

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