“As nature writers go, de Waal is among the most accomplished. . . . an excellent tour guide, refreshingly literate outside his field, deft at stitching bits of philosophy and anthropology into the narrative. He is also pleasingly opinionated.”— Globe and Mail
"Freshly topical . . . . a corrective to the idea that all animals — human and otherwise — are selfish and unfeeling to the core."— The Economist
"The lessons of the economic meltdown, Hurricane Katrina, and other disasters may not be what you think: Biologically, humans are not selfish animals. For that matter, neither are animals, writes the engaging Frans de Waal … The Age of Empathy
offers advice to cutthroat so-called realists: Listen to your inner ape."
— O, The Oprah Magazine
“An important and timely message about the biological roots of human kindness.”
— Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape
"[De Waal] culls an astounding volume of research…. fascinating."
— Publishers Weekly
"An appealing celebration of our better nature."
— Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Frans de Waal is a world-renowned primatologist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Winner of the Los Angeles Times
Book Award, he has written eight books and his work has been translated into fourteen languages. In 2007, Time
magazine called him one of the 100 World’s Most Influential People.