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The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (P.S.)

Book Number: 
797
Date Fred Read: 
April 2019
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Jared Diamond
Total Pages: 
368
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2006

Jared Diamond, author of bestselling books 'Collapse' and 'Guns, Germs, and Steel,' is a professor of geography at UCLA. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is a MacArthur Fellow and was awarded the National Medal of Science. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

I bought the 2006 paperback edition, which is the 1992 first Harper edition with a 15-pp P.S. added - an informative addition about the author. The Amazon website for this 2006 edition is

https://www.amazon.com/Third-Chimpanzee-Evolution-Future-Animal-dp-00608...

[None of the ISBN-10, ISBN-13, or ASIN numbers on Amazon’s websites for the three editions (Kindle, hardcover, or paperback) are recognized by Amazon, thus the ‘no image Circle' appears. I think this new change by Amazon is not good. However, you can see the images of this book's covers at the website above.]

The home page begins with a very brief summary. I highly recommend reading two 'Top customer' reviews further down the home page. The first, by “Arnold VINE VOICE,” entitled “A great book about the Big questions about humanity,” gives a strong yes for this book for those of us who had read Jared Diamond's bestselling books 'Collapse' and 'Guns, Germs, and Steel.' The second, by Randolph Eck, is entitled “An interesting discourse on the human species,” and it provides good summaries of the book's five parts. Both rate this book at five stars (as I will do. You will need to use the 'Read more' option for these two reviews.

Using the 'Look inside' option for the new paperback edition, I recommend reading the 2-pp Contents and the following 9-pp Prologue by the author. However, two pages of the Prologue are not included in this Amazon preview, but what remains is well worth reading, especially pages 7-9, where Jared Diamond discusses each of the five Parts and his concise 6-pp Epilogue.

The above recommended readings say all that needs to be said. It should be no surprise that the key thought is that we, homo sapiens: the third chimpanzee, evolved to develop words and to expand upon the initial few words into the complex languages that raised us to become the dominant species on earth, with both good and evil possibilities. What we must do is to focus our actions on what it means to replace 'dominance' with 'thoughtful stewardship,' which now means eco-consciousness, so as to save our world from the ignorance of climate-change deniers.

I am very glad I read this book. I rate it at five stars, but with my added comment to ‘think six stars.'