An important and timely message about the biological roots of human kindness. --Desmond Morris
Animals are a profound source of comfort about the human condition... He offers a plethora of examples to show that empathy, kindness and caring are as natural as violence and rivalry... De Waal s writing is appropriately warm, engaging and empathetic... as de Waal affirms, the more we learn about nature, the more richly we're able to imagine a better society. --The Independent
De Waal wants to show that sociability and kindness are just as hardwired and biologically ancient... Fellow-feeling is observed throughout the book in apes, monkeys, rats, dolphins, and even fish. --Guardian
About the Author
Frans de Waal is a Dutch-born biologist and one of the world s most respected primatologists. In 2007 Time magazine selected him as one of the World s 100 most influential people.