Frans de Waal

Books by Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal (1948-2024) was a Dutch primatologist, who rose to fame in 1982 with his first book, Chimpanzee Politics, in which, as he put it, he “compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians.” He noted: “for me, there is nothing more logical than to look at human society through the lens of animal behavior.” His books have been recommended several times on Five Books:

Interviews where books by Frans de Waal were recommended

The Best Popular Science Books of 2022: The Royal Society Book Prize, recommended by Maria Fitzgerald

The renowned UCL neuroscientist Professor Maria Fitzgerald, chair of the 2022 Royal Society Book Prize, talks us through the judges’ selection of the best popular science books of the year—including a whistle-stop tour of the history of the Earth, a self-help book offering evidence-based advice on how to live a longer life, and a primatologist’s study of gender among apes.

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