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As any astute pet owner can tell you, animals have emotions, can suffer great crises, and can form deep attachments; yet over the centuries, anthropocentrism has built strong walls between humans and supposedly alien "beasts." Historian of science Laurel Braitman performs a laudable deed here by knocking down that wall with a compelling mix of personal anecdotes and the observations of researchers, explorers, zoo-keepers and others. Animal Madness doesn't simply present a case for animal emotions; Braitman argues that the contention of the subtitle is true: that these creatures can indeed teach us lessons about ourselves.