de Waal, Frans

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Mama's Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions

Recommended for readers with an interest in the crossroads of animal and human life.

Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?

This insightful and fascinating work by a scientist who has been at the forefront of new thinking about primates and what it means to be human is highly recommended. De Waal fans and general readers interested in the field of animal cognition will be delighted.

The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates

This intriguing book is a hybrid: half science, half personal speculation. Given the persistent view that all animals, even human ones, are motivated solely by self-interest (what de Waal calls "veneer theory," i.e., moral outside, amoral inside), this is a book worth reading. It's also exceptionally well written. It should appeal to the lay reader who enjoys keeping up with today's scientific discussions.

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