Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

By Robert M Sapolsky

Why do we do the things we do? While scholar, endocrinologist, MacArthur Fellow and Stanford University professor Robert Sapolsky concedes this is a “big, sprawling mess of a topic,” he is up to the challenge. From neurobiological impulses that spur an act—good or bad— to the nature of free will, Sapolsky tackles the science of human behavior with formidable knowledge and a distinct sense of humor.


"Sapolsky has created an immensely readable, often hilarious romp through the multiple worlds of psychology, primatology, sociology and neurobiology to explain why we behave the way we do. It is hands-down one of the best books I've read in years. I loved it."

- Dina Temple-Raston, The Washington Post

"It's no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read."

-David P. Barash, The Wall Street Journal

"A quirky, opinionated and magisterial synthesis of psychology and neurobiology that integrates this complex subject more accessibly and completely than ever....a wild and mind-opening ride into a better understanding of just where our behavior comes from. Darwin would have been thrilled."

-Richard Wrangham, The New York Times Book Review

"[Sapolskly's] new book is his magnum opus, but is also strikingly different from his earlier work, veering sharply toward hard science as it looms myriad strands of his ruminations on human behavior. The familiar, enchanting Sapolsky tropes are here--his warm, witty voice, a sleight of hand that unfolds the mysteries of cognition--but Behave keeps the bar high. . . . A stunning achievement and an invaluable addition to the canon of scientific literature, certain to kindle debate for years to come."

-Minneapolis Star Tribune 


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About the Hardcover

Publisher Penguin Press
Publish date 05/02/2017
Pages 800
ISBN-13 9781594205071
ISBN-10 1594205078
Language English