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Management Consultant; Author, Built to Last, Good to Great etc.

The Panda’s Thumb

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The Panda's Thumb is a collection of Gould's monthly columns from Natural History Magazine. The essays cover not just biology and evolution but also "geology, history of science, gender and race relations, and the ever lasting debate between science and religion."

The Panda’s Thumb

by Stephen Jay Gould
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The Book
The Panda's Thumb is a collection of Gould's monthly columns from Natural History Magazine. The essays cover not just biology and evolution but also "geology, history of science, gender and race relations, and the ever lasting debate between science and religion."
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We cannot understand our complex world without grasping the basic elements of evolutionary theory. All of Gould’s books on evolution and natural history are superb, but Panda’s Thumb is my favourite and is a good place to start.

Chimpanzee Politics

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Acclaimed not only by primatologists for its scientific achievement but also by politicians, business leaders, and social psychologists for its remarkable insights into the most basic human needs and behaviors, this book is considered a classic. De Waal dwells into a detailed and thoroughly engrossing account of rivalries and coalitions-actions governed by intelligence rather than instinct. As we watch the chimpanzees behave in ways we recognize from Machiavelli (and from the nightly news), de Waal reminds us again that the roots of politics are older than humanity.

Chimpanzee Politics

by Frans de Waal
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Acclaimed not only by primatologists for its scientific achievement but also by politicians, business leaders, and social psychologists for its remarkable insights into the most basic human needs and behaviors, this book is considered a classic. De Waal dwells into a detailed and thoroughly engrossing account of rivalries and coalitions-actions governed by intelligence rather than instinct. As we watch the chimpanzees behave in ways we recognize from Machiavelli (and from the nightly news), de Waal reminds us again that the roots of politics are older than humanity.
What Jim Collins says

Even more enlightening than Machiavelli’s The Prince, this book describes power takeovers and social organizations in a chimpanzee colony and argues that power politics is part of the evolutionary heritage that we share with our closest nonhuman relatives. I’ll never look at academic or corporate politics the same way, and I understand their machinations much better for having read this book. Chimps, unlike humans, do not cloak their political pretenses in rhetoric, so we can see more clearly the process at work and thereby learn much about ourselves.