Demonic Males (Paperback)
Apes and the Origins of Human Violence
Mariner Books, 9780395877432, 368pp.
Publication Date: November 14, 1997
Praise For Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence…
"The heroes of this fascinating account of primate behavior and evolution are bonobos, members of a species closely related to both humans and chimpanzees but distinguished by its comparatively nonviolent and relatively egalitarian social structure. Wrangham and Peterson look to studies of bonobo social organization and behavior for insight into social mechanisms to control human violence. The influence of sociobiology is evident at every step in the authors' argument, acquainting readers with their response to the so-called "nature-nurture" controversy (which the authors dub "Galton's error"). The book is an accessible, gripping, sometimes surprising account of the depth and extent of violent behavior among primates as well as a provocative discussion of its origins and possible remedies." Booklist, ALA
"Powerful and moving . . . as absorbing as it is sobering. It desrves a wide audence." Kirkus Reviews
"Startling, beautifully written, riveting, provocative" Publishers Weekly