The Dark Side Of Man

The Dark Side Of Man

by Michael Ghiglieri, Joshua Bilmes
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The Dark Side Of Man by Michael Ghiglieri, Joshua Bilmes

In The Dark Side of Man, Michael Ghiglieri, a biologist and protégé of Jane Goodall, takes on one of the most highly charged debates in modern science: the biological roots of bad behavior. Beginning with rape, and moving on to murder, war, and genocide, Ghiglieri offers the most up-to-date, comprehensive look at the male proclivity for violence. In a strong narrative voice, he draws on the latest research and his own personal experiences—both as a primatologist and as a soldier—to explain that male violence is largely innate, a product of millions of years of evolution. In the process, he debunks many of our most clung-to, “politically correct” notions: that the differences between men and women are strictly due to socialization, that rape is really about power—not sex—and that genocide is only possible with a single madman at the helm. Well-argued, evenhanded, yet never dull, this important book illuminates the darkest impulses of the male psyche, and suggests ways for modern society to curb them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738203157
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 845,176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)

About the Author

Michael Ghiglierireceived his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and is currently Associate Profesor of Anthropology at the University of Northern Arizona. He is the author of East of the Mountain of the Moon: Chimpanzee Society in the African Rain Forest (Free Press, 1988), The Chimpanzees of Kibale Forest: A Field Study of Ecology and Social Structure (Columbia University Press, 1984), and Canyon (University of Arizona Press, 1992).

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Dark Side of Man is a highly readable and entertaining book. The better chapters, like the ones devoted to rape and murder, include shocking, but well researched, material. Ghiglieri is not afraid to take non-politically correct views, especially in his interpretation of national crime statistics. In other chapters, the standard sociobiological party line is endorsed and there is too much rambling and speculation. Ghiglieri, described as a protégé of Jane Goodall, shares her tendency to anthropomorphize but his descriptions of non-human primate behavior are so well written and engrossing that this can be easily forgiven. Overall, a great read on an important topic.