Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Science - 268 pages
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THROUGH A WINDOW is the dramatic saga of thirty years in the life of a community, of birth and death, sex and love, power and war. It reads like a novel, but it is one of the most important scientific works ever published. The community is Gombe, on the shores of Lake Tangganyika, where the principal residents are chimpanzees and one extraordinary woman who is their student, protector, and historian. In her classic In the Shadow of Man, Jane Goodall wrote of her first ten years at Gombe. In Through a Window she brings the story up to the present, painting a much more complete and vivid portrait of our closest relative. We see the community split in two and a brutal war break out. We watch young Figan's relentless rise to power and old Mike's crushing defeat. We learn how one mother rears her children to succeed and another dooms them to failure. We witness horrifying murders, touching moments of affection, joyous births, and wrenching deaths. In short, we see every emotion known to humans stripped to its essence. In the mirror of chimpanzee life, we see ourselves reflected. Perhaps the best book ever written about animal behavior, Through a Window is also essential reading for anyone seeking a better grasp of human behavior.
  

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Review: Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe

User Review  - Elizabeth Pawlowski - Goodreads

This is an absolutely amazing, must read book for anyone interested in primates, humans, animals, war, love, conservation, and science. I VERY rarely cry when reading a book, but I must admit tears ... Read full review

Review: Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe

User Review  - Ken Lavine - Goodreads

A brilliant book about the social interactions of the Gombe chimps. Jane Goodall definitively proves that these great apes are every bit as diverse, intriguing, and terrifying as any members of our own species. Read full review

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Contents

GOMBE
1
THE MIND OF THE CHIMPANZEE
12
THE RESEARCH CENTRE
24
MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS
32
FIGANS RISE
43
POWER
53
CHANGE
65
GILKA
75
JOMEO
151
MELISSA
161
GIGI
178
LOVE
191
BRIDGING THE GAP
206
OUR SHAME
217
CONCLUSION
235
Some Thoughts on the Exploitation of NonHuman Animals
245

SEX
85
WAR
98
SONS AND MOTHERS
112
BABOONS
124
GOBLIN
138
Chimpanzee Conservation and Sanctuaries
251
Acknowledgments
257
Index
263
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Jane Goodall was a young secretarial school graduate when Louis Leakey sent her to Tanzania in 1960 to study chimpanzees. She later received a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and has become one of the world's most honored scientists and writers. Jane Goodall's research on chimpanzees has been described by Stephen Jay Gould as "one of the Western world's great scientific achievements." Her books include the recent REASON FOR HOPE, IN THE SHADOW OF MAN, and THROUGH A WINDOW. She is the co-author with Dale Peterson of VISIONS OF CALIBAN. She resides in Tanzania.

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