Books: A Primate's Memoir

By Robert M. Sapolsky

In this gem, the scientist and noted essayist trains a wry wit and a highly perceptive eye on his two-plus decades of observing baboon behavior in Kenya. Sidesplitting vignettes about monkey politics alternate with equally hilarious tales of misadventure on the backroads of East and Central Africa. Sciencephobes needn't be worried: there's nary a page of neuroendocrinology in the book. A supporting cast of tribal misfits, postcolonial weirdos and marginally psychotic truck drivers will keep you chuckling from start to finish.

--By Unmesh Kher


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