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If you harbor a sneaking suspicion that men are a herd of ignoble savages, then this book is for you. Authors Wrangham and Peterson will confirm your instincts. It turns out that hyperviolent social behavior is deeply rooted in male human genes and common among our closest male primate relatives. Rapes, beatings and killings are as much a part of life among the great apes as they are among us. The authors try to conclude on some upbeat notes that ring hollow, but their science reveals much about the dark side of human nature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Contradicting the common belief that chimpanzees in the wild are gentle creatures, Harvard anthropologist Wrangham and science writer Peterson have witnessed, since 1971, male African chimpanzees carry out rape, border raids, brutal beatings and warfare among rival territorial gangs. In a startling, beautifully written, riveting, provocative inquiry, they suggest that chimpanzee-like violence preceded and paved the way for human warfare?which would make modern humans the dazed survivors of a continuous, five-million-year habit of lethal aggression. They buttress their thesis with an examination of the ubiquitous rape among orangutans, gorilla infanticide and male-initiated violence and hyenas' territorial feuds, drawing parallels to the lethal raiding among the Yanomamo people of Brazil's Amazon forests and other so-called primitive tribes, as well as to modern "civilized" mass slaughter. In their analysis, patriotism ("stripped to its essence... male defense of the community") breeds aggression, yet, from an evolutionary standpoint, they reject the presumed inevitability of male violence and male dominance over women.
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item arrived in excellent condition. book is in perfect condition;Published 7 months ago by Anthony Martin
The worth of Mr. Wrangham's book (who I assume is responsible for its content, and Peterson for its prose) lies in chapters describing ape societies, and in his dismissal of... Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2003 by Jim
The daughter of a friend of mine is a PhD student of Wrangham's at Harvard, which is how I was introduced to this book (I borrowed their autographed copy). Read morePublished on July 15 2003 by Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel
A clever and well written book. A must-read if you are interested in evolutionary psychology etc. Couldn't put it down. On par with "The selfish Gene" by Dawkins.Published on April 17 2003 by Elena Alperovich
Excellent and scholarly book, parts of which will annoy the politically correct no end. Takes the myth of cultural relativism, examines it in the light of known facts and data, and... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2002 by Peter Jenkins
This exciting exploration of primate phylogeny and cross-cultural anthropology examining social behavior is what seems to me knowledge to power a path for a better human world. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2002 by Joel Brown
This is among the best books I have read. I originally heard Wrangham on an NPR show discussing some facets of this book & quickly sought it out. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001 by M. Johnson
The authors of "Demonic Males" seek to show that ape violence, particularly chimpanzees, is related to human violence. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2001 by E. Filson