Demonic Males by Dale Peterson
Apes and the Origins of Human Violence

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Whatever their virtues, men are more violent than women. Why do men kill, rape, and wage war, and what can we do about it? Demonic Males offers startling new answers to these questions. Drawing on the latest discoveries about human evolution and about our closest living relatives, the great apes, the book unfolds a compelling argument that the secrets of a peaceful society may well be, first, a sharing of power between males and females, and second, a high level and variety of sexual activity, both homosexual and heterosexual. Dramatic, vivid, and sometimes shocking, but firmly grounded in meticulous scientific research, Demonic Males will stir controversy and debate. It will be required reading for anyone concerned about the spiral of violence undermining human society.

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Richard Wrangham is Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology and Wing Chair in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He is the founder and co-director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Research Station in the forests of western Uganda near the town of Fort Portal. Dale Peterson is the author of "Storyville, USA "(1999), "Chimpanzee Travels: On and Off the Road in Africa "(1995), and "The Deluge and the Ark: A Journey into Primate Worlds "(1989). He is the editor of "Beyond Innocence: Jane Goodall's Later Life in Letters "(2001) and "Africa in My Blood: Jane Goodall's Early Life in Letters "(2000). He is the coauthor of "Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence "(1996) and "Visions of Caliban: On Chimpanzees and People "(1993). Karl Ammann is an award-winning photographer who has photographed wildlife throughout Africa and Southeast Asia.
Published January 1, 1996 by Bloomsbury. 350 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Wrangham and Peterson say that after 40 years of gorilla and chimpanzee watching, it is hard not to conclude that human males are but evolutionary heirs of male ape aggression.

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Contradicting the common belief that chimpanzees in the wild are gentle creatures, Harvard anthropologist Wrangham and science writer Peterson have witnessed, since 1971, male African chimpanzees carry out rape, border raids, brutal beatings and warfare among rival territorial gangs.

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