By Robert M. Sapolsky
Publish yr note: First released in 2001
In the culture of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Robert Sapolsky, a ultimate technological know-how author and recipient of a MacArthur Genius furnish, tells the enthralling tale of his twenty-one years in distant Kenya with a troop of Savannah baboons.
"I had by no means deliberate to turn into a savanna baboon while I grew up; as an alternative, I had continuously assumed i might develop into a mountain gorilla," writes Robert Sapolsky during this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist's coming-of-age in distant Africa.
An exhilarating account of Sapolsky's twenty-one-year research of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primate's Memoir interweaves severe medical observations with wry remark concerning the demanding situations and pleasures of dwelling within the wilds of the Serengeti—for guy and beast alike. Over twenty years, Sapolsky survives culinary atrocities, gunpoint encounters, and a surreal kidnapping, whereas witnessing the encroachment of the vacationer mentality at the farthest vestiges of unspoiled Africa. As he conducts exceptional physiological examine on wild primates, he turns into evermore enamored of his subjects—unique and compelling characters of their personal right—and he returns to them summer time after summer time, until eventually tragedy ultimately prevents him.
By turns hilarious and poignant, A Primate's Memoir is a magnum opus from one in all our prime technological know-how writers.
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