Search Results: "Frans de Waal"


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ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? by Frans de Waal
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2016

"After this edifying book, a trip to the zoo may never be the same."
Intrigued by the search for intelligent life? No need for space travel—it's happening right here on Earth, and the results are amazing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 1996

"Unpretentious, open, humorous, and with a flair for language, de Waal nimbly displays that rare and wonderful scientific mind: as much at home with contradiction, clutter, and illogic as with systematic data."
Can we recognize a sense of morality in creatures other than ourselves? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"An extremely well-written, highly provocative discussion of the origins and meaning of culture."
Humans have no monopoly on culture or ethics, argues a respected expert on our animal cousins. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"An appealing celebration of our better nature."
What other primates can teach us about human nature. Read full book review >

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THE BONOBO AND THE ATHEIST by Frans de Waal
NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2013

"A well-composed argument for the biological foundations of human morality."
Is morality a learned aspect of human nature, or is it innate? Are thinking and acting morally behaviors exclusive to humans? Read full book review >

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BONOBO by Frans de Waal
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"A fascinating, delightfully successful treatment of an arresting creature. (75 color photos, 9 b&w photos, 9 maps and drawings)"
Notes toward an understanding of the bonobo, Africa's most elusive primate, from the always engaging de Waal, a noted primatologist (Good Natured, 1996). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2005

"Fascinating and enlightening: It's hard not to conclude that, in many ways, apes may be wiser than their upright relatives."
Apes are our nearest relatives, and we have far more in common with them than we realize. Read full book review >

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THE EXILES RETURN by Elisabeth de Waal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Restrained yet incisive, this finely observed novel lacks a resounding conclusion but nevertheless offers European mood music of a particular and beguiling resonance."
An elegant, unpublished novel by the grandmother of Edmund de Waal, author of the best-seller The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), explores the heartbreak of returning to post-World War II Austria. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"The roster of characters is daunting at first, but this narrative proves a marvelously absorbing synthesis of art history, detective story and memoir."
A nimble history of one of the richest European families at the turn of the century. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE ROAD by Edmund de Waal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"De Waal's poetically recounted journey is a revelation, as well: of the power of obsession and the lust for purity."
A lyrical melding of art history, memoir, and philosophical meditation. Read full book review >

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GREAT CATASTROPHE by Thomas de Waal
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"In this measured study, De Waal asserts his optimism that young scholars, freed from past narratives and drawing upon 'hidden histories of the Armenians,' will amplify what is known about the late Ottoman period and complicate a history that both sides have tried mightily to own. A perfect scholarly complement to Meline Toumani's outstanding memoir, There Was and There Was Not (2014)."
The causes and consequences of a crime against humanity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Nonetheless, this is a harrowing glimpse into the destabilization caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the troubled road to independence and democracy faced by its non-Russian nationalities."
A combination of investigative journalism and historical overview that emphasizes the Chechens' role as the long-oppressed victims of Russian imperialism. Read full book review >