Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Frans de Waal, Ph.D., is a biologist and ethologist, world-renowned for his work on the social intelligence of primates such as chimpanzees, bonobos, capuchins, and macaques. He is credited with the discovery of reconciliation in chimpanzees, and he is the founder of the field of conflict resolution research in animals. He was the first scientist to show that apes resolve conflicts, cooperate, and console one another. He is the author of eight books, including The Ape and the Sushi Master, a New York Times Notable Book, and Peacemaking Among Primates, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award. De Waal is currently the C. H. Candler Professor in the psychology department of Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Primate Center in Atlanta, Georgia.


A captivating and big-hearted book, full of compassion and brimming with insights about the lives of animals, including human ones.--Yuval Noah Harari, New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens
Through colorful stories and riveting prose, de Waal firmly puts to rest the stubborn notion that humans alone in the animal kingdom experience a broad array of emotions.--Barbara J. King
De Waal's eye-opening observations argue for better treatment and greater appreciation of animals, even as he ensures that you'll never look at them--or yourself--the same way again.
An original thinker, [de Waal] seems to invite us to his front-row seats, sharing the popcorn as he gets us up to speed on the plot of how life works, through deeply affecting stories of primates and other animals, all dramas with great lessons for our own species.--Vicki Constantine Croke
There is nothing sentimental about de Waal's position.... All the things he has learned about animals have come from observation. He is a brilliant observer, and is often amazed by what he sees.--Michael Bond
Before I realized Frans de Waal's connection to Mama's actual last hug, I sent the online video link to a large group of scientists saying, 'I believe it is possible to view this interaction and be changed forever.' Likewise, I believe that anyone reading this book will be changed forever. De Waal has spent so many decades watching intently and thinking deeply that he sees a planet that is deeper and more beautiful than almost anyone realizes. In these pages, you can acquire and share his beautiful, shockingly insightful view of life on Earth.--Carl Safina, author of Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think and Feel