Why this book?
Ever wonder why so many people are just so unpleasant? It’s because we are apes. As such, mendacity, deception, trickery, and a thirst for power are simply part of what we are. That’s how we got to be so (allegedly) smart. Frans de Waal has written many excellent books since this, his first – an observation and interpretation of the behavior of chimpanzees in the Arnhem Zoo in the Netherlands. However, as a young man, far from home, and taking my first steps in the often poisonous world of career and responsibility, the scales well and truly fell from my eyes when I read this book.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
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. Twenty-five years later, this book is considered a classic. Featuring a new preface that includes recent insights from the author, this anniversary 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…