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Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex among Apes Paperback – 10 Apr 2000

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; revised edition edition (10 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801863368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801863363
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 17.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,692,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating to read.

(Amelie Koehler Ethology)

When I first read this book, I was in Dar es Salaam with Jane Goodall. I had just returned from observing chimpanzees for two weeks at Gombe. After the real life experience, I expected a book about chimpanzee behavior—and at a zoo, at that—to make rather dull reading. But I was in for a surprise. De Waal's Chimpanzee Politics is as much fun as a tree full of wild chimps.

(Adrienne Zihlman American Journal of Primatology)

Chimpanzee Politics continues to be the same inspirational book that it was 25 years ago, essential reading for any young primatologist, and a highly recommended re-reading for the older hands!

(Juan-Carlos Gómez Primate Eye 2008-01-00)

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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.

(Jim Collins Inc.)

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.

(William McGrew Human Ethology Newsletter)

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.

(Laurence Shames Business Month)

Precise but eminently readable and indeed exciting... This excellent book achieves the dual goal which eludes so many writers about animal behavior—it will both fascinate the non-specialist and be seen as an important contribution to science.

(Robert Hinde Times Literary Supplement)

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This book deserves the hype. You will come away thinking differently about humanity as well as chimpanzees. The book raises as many questions as it answers, but that's a good thing. Frans de Waal's writing brings the analysis alive and in places the account of life for the chimpanzees at Arnhem is immensely moving. However, the real importance of the book lies in its painstaking and pathbreaking analysis of the evolution of social relationships amongst the group over time. The photographs also help and the high production values are justified by, and compliment, the importance of the subject matter. For any reader with an open mind, this book will prove a joy.
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I read this book after reading a magazine article about an interview with Newt Gingrich. Newt cited this book as one of the most influential in forming his political style. He learned from this book that if you make enough noise, you can overthrow the ruler of the tribe. He's been trying to get rid of Clinton with lots of noisy accusations. With the press' help, he's succeeded in weaking Clinton - at least within the beltway. Here's hoping the electorate will throw out the Republicans and get rid of Newt.
Despite Newt's endorsement & diabolical use of this strategy, it's a very well written & instructive book, which I would highly recommend.
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Christmas gift for my daughter, who loves the book.
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By A Customer on 12 April 1999
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was perfect for the subject. Anyone interested in Primatology would enjoy this read.
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By A Customer on 14 Feb. 1999
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This is the best book I have ever read. It gives you an idea of what ape's lives are like.
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