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An engrossing, lucid exploration of the origins of human morality that challenges our most basic assumptions, from the world's leading primatologist.

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Is it really human nature to stab one another in the back in our climb up the corporate ladder? Competitive, selfish behavior is often explained away as instinctive, thanks to evolution and "survival of the fittest," but, in fact, humans are equally hard-wired for empathy.

Using research from the fields of anthropology, psychology, animal behavior, and neuroscience, Frans de Waal brilliantly argues that humans are group animals—highly cooperative, sensitive to injustice, and mostly peace-loving—just like other primates, elephants, and dolphins. This revelation has profound implications for everything from politics to office culture.

"Alan Sklar delivers an in-depth narration of fascinating stories about the ability of mammals to show sincere empathy." ---AudioFile

"Alan Sklar handles the Dutch words and scientific terms with aplomb; his narration is expressive, clear, and accent-free.... This title is a joy to experience on audio." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review

"An appealing celebration of our better nature." ---Kirkus

"[An] insightful work by an important primatologist who has changed not only how we view our closest relatives but how we view ourselves." ---Library Journal
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The Age of Empathy

Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society

Author Frans de Waal

Narrated by Alan Sklar

Publication date Oct 6, 2009

Running time 10 hrs

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