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Chimpanzee Politics

Power and Sex among Apes

Frans de Waal

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The first edition of Frans de Waal's Chimpanzee Politics was acclaimed not only by primatologists for its scientific achievement but also by politicians, business leaders, and social psychologists for its remarkable insights into the most basic human needs and behaviors. Still considered a classic, this updated edition is a detailed and thoroughly engrossing account of rivalries and coalitions—actions governed by intelligence rather than instinct. As we watch the chimpanzees of Arnhem behave in ways we recognize from Machiavelli (and from the nightly news), de Waal reminds us again that the…

The first edition of Frans de Waal's Chimpanzee Politics was acclaimed not only by primatologists for its scientific achievement but also by politicians, business leaders, and social psychologists for its remarkable insights into the most basic human needs and behaviors. Still considered a classic, this updated edition is a detailed and thoroughly engrossing account of rivalries and coalitions—actions governed by intelligence rather than instinct. As we watch the chimpanzees of Arnhem behave in ways we recognize from Machiavelli (and from the nightly news), de Waal reminds us again that the roots of politics are older than humanity.

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An excellent book... Just as fresh and thought-provoking in 2008 as it was in 1983.

Even more enlightening than Machiavelli's The Prince, this book describes power takeovers and social organizations in a chimpanzee colony... I'll never look at academic or corporate politics the same way.

Schmoozing. Scheming. Consensus building. You won't glean these management techniques from any business text. But you can't run your company without them. Take it from the apes... The author demonstrates that chimps are, in the broadest sense, political.

The best book ever written on the social life of apes in captivity... The author has that special empathetic insight into the mind of the chimpanzee which is shared by few but can somehow be recognized by many.

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Available
Trim Size
6.875
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9.8125
Pages
256
ISBN
9780801886560
Illustration Description
135 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Preface to the 25th Anniversary Edition
Introduction
1. Personalities
2. Two Power Takeovers
3. Restless Stability
4. Sexual Privileges
5. Social Mechanisms
Conclusion
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments

Preface to the 25th Anniversary Edition
Introduction
1. Personalities
2. Two Power Takeovers
3. Restless Stability
4. Sexual Privileges
5. Social Mechanisms
Conclusion
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal is the C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University in Atlanta and the director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center. His books include The Ape and the Sushi Master; Peacemaking among Primates; and Our Inner Ape.