I've read this edition first, which was enjoyable , but then I saw the earlier edition in a second hand book shop. I was amazed by the contrast because the earlier edition was thoroughly illustrated with photographs, which made it very appealing and attractive. This edition have a short section of pictures attached in the middle, but sketch drawing used throughout to illustrate, which I find it rather dry to reading. I brought the earlier edition too as a result.
I think Mr. Morris did an excellent job with Peoplewatching. I think it's a book that anyone wanting to learn more about human non-verbal communication can learn from. My other favorite book on body language, though a little more intimate, is The System by Roy Valentine. These are two books I will have and study for years to come.
A formidable book on human behaviour. So well researched and explained. A most interesting work to help understand your own species. A must read at some time in your life, It should definetely form part of your home library. If you are interested in understanding what others do and why you should read it.
Have the original Manwatching and wanted to see the updated version - rather thick for a paperback would have been better a larger format as the original but looking forward to reading all over again - some of the photos have clearly been re used from the 70s !
Was recommended this book following a course and I wasn't disappointed! Very comprehensive assessment of the human animal. A little old school in style but he writes with great authority. Book condition fine.
I downloaded and read this when I got called up for jury service. It certainly made the cases I was on a lot more interesting. It's a really good read and will give you some good insight on body language.
This book is a fairly shallow re-write of "Manwatching" an analysis of body language that was published in 1977. Sadly, what was ground-breaking and innovative twenty-five years ago seems rather underwhelming today. Do we really need someone nowadays to tell us that we cross our arms when we're feeling insecure? Desmond Morris was one of the first writers to get people really to think seriously about body language. If he wants still to hold our attention today, though, he needs to come up with something slightly more original and profound than this.