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

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

by Frans de Waal


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A New York Times Bestseller and winner of the PEN / E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

"Game-changing." —Sy Montgomery, New York Times Book Review

Mama’s Last Hug is a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals, beginning with Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. Her story and others like it—from dogs “adopting” the injuries of their companions, to rats helping fellow rats in distress, to elephants revisiting the bones of their loved ones—show that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy. Frans de Waal opens our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected.

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ISBN-13: 9780393357837
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 144,145
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Frans de Waal, author of Mama's Last Hug, is C. H. Candler Professor Emeritus of Primate Behavior at Emory University and the former director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Mama's Last Hug 13

An Ape Matriarch's Farewell

2 Window to the Soul 47

When Primates Laugh and Smile

3 Body to Body 79

Empathy and Sympathy

4 Emotions That Make us Human 121

Disgust, Shame, Guilt, and Other Discomforts

5 Will to Power 171

Politics, Murder, Warfare

6 Emotional Intelligence 203

On Fairness and Free Will

7 Sentience 239

What Animals Feel

8 Conclusion 275

Acknowledgments 279

Notes 281

Bibliography 289

Index 305

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