A. Feruglio Dal Dan

Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (40 of 49)
Location: London, UK
Birthday: 30 May


Top Reviewer Ranking: 65,898 - Total Helpful Votes: 40 of 49
A Primate's Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons in Eas&hellip by Robert M Sapolsky
I have read the other big layman oriented Sapolsky book, and it is much more informative, but this is way more fun. It is in fact one of the most hilarious books about living amongst the baboons I have ever... no, wait. It is one of the most hilarious books about experimental field work on stress that I have...

OK, it's one of a kind, all right? But it is fun, readable as a novel, informative, and treats Africa with knowledge and respect. The chapter on Sudan is, well, a lot less fun, and knowing what little I know about Sudan, it's as it should be.

It's like spending an evening chatting with a fiercely intelligent, witty, self-deprecating, wonderfully humane guy, and… Read more
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
I keep reccomending this book to people by telling them "I read this FANTASTIC book about suicide!" which makes them look at me suspiciously.

But it is. It is a fantastic book, and it manages to be both factual, relying on hard data and good research findings, and completely heartbreaking, as any book about suicide should be. It should be required reading for anybody involved in mental health, as well as anybody who has even felt suicidal. It is matter of fact, and passionate about suicide prevention, and humane. It is also a harrowing read, but you will come out of it a better and more informed person.
Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of&hellip by J Conroy
This is one of those books that remain etched in your memory forever. It is not a fun read, but if you want to increase your knowledge of humanity, for good and ill, this is invaluable. As well as making the banality of evil in torture evident, it allows you to understand why and how people do such horrible things to each other, and even sympathise with them without excusing them. It also includes a very well written and fascinating explanation of some of the key research findings in psychology relating to obedience, bystander effect, and so on. Inspiring as well as horrifying. Very well written, too.

I cannot believe it is out of print.

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