Our Inner Ape | Granta

  • Published: 04/09/2006
  • ISBN: 9781862078826
  • 130x30mm
  • 300 pages

Our Inner Ape

Frans de Waal

We have long attributed man’s violent, aggressive, competitive nature to his animal ancestry. But what if we are just as given to cooperation, empathy and morality by virtue of our genes? From a scientist and writer whom E.O. Wilson has called ‘the world authority on primate social behavior’ comes a lively look at the most provocative aspects of human nature – power, sex, violence, kindness, and morality – through our two closest cousins in the ape family. For nearly twenty years, Frans de Waal has worked with both the famously aggressive chimpanzee and the lesser-known egalitarian, erotic, matriarchal bonobo, two species whose DNA is nearly identical to that of humans. He brings these apes to life on every page, revealing their personalities, relationships and power struggles, creating an engrossing narrative that explores what their behaviour can teach us about ourselves and each other.

An eagerly awaited publishing event ... a revealing picture of the inner ape - what lies inside each and every one of us

Desmond Morris, author of THE NAKED APE

A profoundly illuminating book on humans by a great primatologist

John Gray

De Waal's prose is as elegant and engrossing as ever

BBC Wildlife Magazine

The Author

Frans de Waal has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. The New York Times bestselling author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Granta, 2016) and Our Inner Ape (Granta, 2005) among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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