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The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

3 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Jared M. Diamond

Jared Diamond states the theme of his book up-front: "How the human species changed, within a short time, from just another species of big mammal to a world conqueror; and how we acquired the capacity to reverse all that progress overnight."The … see full wiki

Author: Jared M. Diamond
Genre: Nonfiction, Science
Publisher: Harper Perennial
3 reviews about The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and...
review by . June 01, 2010
Jared Diamond has established his reputation as a keen observer of the sweep of human history in two more recent books, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. (See my reviews). This 2006 reissue of his 1993 original offers readers of his better known works a glimpse of the seminal thinking that led to those excellent volumes.    The Third Chimpanzee offers Diamond's insight into the animal origins of many of …
review by . June 08, 2009
At this point, the entire world has read Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. The question about The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (P.S.) is whether it is worth reading after reading Diamond's other two books.     I have to say undoubtedly yes. This book, like the more recent ones, proposes answers to some of the biggest questions about humanity. Thus, even …
review by . October 08, 2007
There's a lot to this very broad ranging and thoughtful book, some of which, but not all, seems intriguingly fresh and original. Jared Diamond takes off from the recently recognized biological fact that only about 1.6% of the entire human genome separates us from the chimpanzee, making that ape our nearest living relative. Of course, Diamond notes, there is quite an obvious gap between us and our closest relatives but it's a gap, he suggests, which is not nearly as great as we're likely to imagine …
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