A ground-breaking synthesis of the entire science of human behaviour by 'one of the best scientist-writers of our time' (Oliver Sacks)
Robert M. Sapolsky holds degrees from Harvard and Rockefeller Universities and is currently a Professor of Biology and Neurology at Stanford University and a Research Associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya. He is the author of The Trouble with Testosterone, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (both finalists for the LA Times Book Award), and A Primate's Memoir. Sapolsky has contributed to Natural History, Discover, Men's Health, and Scientific American, and is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant.
"It's no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read" Wall Street Journal "Truly all-encompassing ... detailed, accessible, fascinating" Telegraph "A miraculous book, by far the best treatment of violence, aggression, and competition ever. Its depth and breadth of scholarship are amazing, building on Sapolsky's own research and his vast knowledge of the neurobiology, genetic, and behavioral literature. All this is done brilliantly with a light and funny touch that shows why Sapolsky is recognized as one of the greatest teachers in science today" -- Paul Ehrlich, author of Human Natures "A great writer and a superb guide to human nature, Sapolsky shows you how all the perspectives and systems connect, and he makes you laugh and marvel along the way. A beautifully crafted work about the biology of morality" -- Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind "One of the best scientist-writers of our time" -- Oliver Sacks "Behave is like a great historical novel, with excellent prose and encylopedic detail. It traces the most important story that can ever be told" -- E O Wilson "As wide as it is deep, this book is colorful, electrifying, and moving. Sapolsky leverages his deep expertise to ask the most fundamental questions about being human" -- David Eagleman, author of Incognito "Marvellous. Behave gives us the knowledge of how to manifest more of our best selves and less of our worst, individually and as a society" -- Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit "One of the finest natural history writers around" The New York Times "Robert Sapolsky's students must love him ... witty, erudite and passionate about clear communication ... the implications of fascinating scientific findings are illuminated through topical stories ... then Sapolsky reaches for the big, synthetic pay-offs, examining how, together, these insights can enhance our understanding of the forces that lead to tribalism, violence, dehumanization and war - as well as tolerance, empathy and peace ... The analysis is arresting and the writing is often moving ... It is impossible not to deeply admire a project bold entire to ask an entire field to work to create a more just and peaceful world" Nature "Epic... It's an engaging synthesis of a whole host of sciences, bringing together the latest thinking in neuroscience, genetics, psychology, anthropology, evolutionary history, and more" -- James Lloyd BBC Focus