A Primate's Memoir (Paperback)
|The author offers a memoir of his two decades in the field studying Kenyan baboons as he describes the members of the baboon troop and their behavior and his interaction with the neighboring Masai tribe. *Author: Sapolsky, Robert M. *Publication Date: 2002/03/05 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25|
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"I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla," writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist's coming-of-age in remote Africa.
An exhilarating account of Sapolsky's twenty-one-year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primate's Memoir 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. 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 subjects -- unique and compelling characters in their own right -- and he returns to them summer after summer, until tragedy finally prevents him.
By turns hilarious and poignant, A Primate's Memoir is a magnum opus from one of our foremost science writers.The author offers a memoir of his two decades in the field studying Kenyan baboons as he describes the members of the baboon troop and their behavior and his interaction with the neighboring Masai tribe.
This memoir by a primatologist tells of his years of experience with, and great attachment to, baboons, as well as the many colorful two-legged primates he has encountered in his career.
"What Jane Goodall did for chimpanzees, Birute Galdikas for orangutans, and Diane Fossey for gorillas, Sapolsky does in spades for baboons." 01/01/2001 New York Times Book Review
"Sapolsky's earlier works, WHY ZEBRAS DON'T GET ULCERS and THE TROUBLE WITH TESTOSTERONE established him as one of the finest natural history writers around. A PRIMATE'S MEMOIR consolidates that reputation while offering something more....Sapolsky has a bent for comedy that triumphs in quick, sly asides....One closes his book a lot more knowledgeable about plenty of baboon-related matters. But mostly one has already begun to miss the company of this sometimes cranky but always impassioned, learned and winningly irreverent man. What more can we ask of a writer than that he draw us into the charmed circle of his obsessions? That much (and more) Sapolsky has done in a book that achieves an almost Homeric emotional range. Sapolsky steeps us in baboon-land variants of heroism, lamentation, vengeance and loneliness in a plot thickened with kidnappings, trysts, betrayals, out-of-the-blue tenderness, palace coups and sundry wars of attrition. A PRIMATE'S MEMOIR is the closest the baboon is likely to come--and it's plenty close enough--to having its own ILIAD." - Rob Nixon 04/01/2001