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A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life by Robert M. Sapolsky

By Robert M. Sapolsky

Publish yr note: First released in 2001

In the culture of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Robert Sapolsky, a ideal technology author and recipient of a MacArthur Genius furnish, tells the spell binding tale of his twenty-one years in distant Kenya with a troop of Savannah baboons.

"I had by no means deliberate to develop into a savanna baboon whilst I grew up; in its place, I had constantly assumed i'd 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 learn of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primate's Memoir interweaves severe medical observations with wry observation in regards to the demanding situations and pleasures of dwelling within the wilds of the Serengeti—for guy and beast alike. Over 20 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 unheard of 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 considered one of our leading technology writers.

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