A Primate's Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons in East Africa

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Vintage, 2002 - Baboons - 304 pages
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This is the chronicle of a scientist's coming of age in remote Africa. Upon graduating from college, a booksmart and naive Sapolsky leaves the comforts of the Northeastern United States for the very first time, to join a baboon troop in Kenya as a young transfer male. An expert in primate behaviour, Sapolsky sets out to study the relationship between stress and disease. As he observes the Machiavellian politics of the troop, giving the primates biblical names and pinpointing his favourite (Benjamin) and his nememsis (Nebuchadnezzar), he also immerses himself in the society of the neighbouring Masai tribesmen and ventures far from his camp on a series of jaw-dropping adventures.

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FirstI had CDs by Robert Sapolsky Neurphysiologist and I enjoyed them somuch I bought his book. He made clear the difference between shortterm stress which is a necessary part of life and long term ... Read full review

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Sapolsky (The Trouble with Testosterone), a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya, focuses on ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Robert Sapolsky is Professor of Biology and Neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya. He lives in San Francisco.

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