A Primate's Memoir

A Primate's Memoir

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In the tradition of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Robert Sapolsky, a foremost science writer and recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, tells the mesmerizing story of his twenty-one years in remote Kenya with a troop of Savannah baboons. a€œI had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla, a€ writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientista€™s coming-of-age in remote Africa. An exhilarating account of Sapolskya€™s twenty-one-year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primatea€™s Memoir interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about the challenges and pleasures of living in the wilds of the Serengetia€”for man and beast alike. Over two decades, Sapolsky survives culinary atrocities, gunpoint encounters, and a surreal kidnapping, while witnessing the encroachment of the tourist mentality on the farthest vestiges of unspoiled Africa. As he conducts unprecedented physiological research on wild primates, he becomes evermore enamored of his subjectsa€”unique and compelling characters in their own righta€”and he returns to them summer after summer, until tragedy finally prevents him. By turns hilarious and poignant, A Primatea€™s Memoir is a magnum opus from one of our foremost science writers.In the tradition of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Robert Sapolsky, a foremost science writer and recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, tells the mesmerizing story of his twenty-one years in remote Kenya with a troop of Savannah baboons. ...


Title:A Primate's Memoir
Author:Robert M. Sapolsky
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2007-11-01
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