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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

The audiobook edition of Behave by Robert Sapolsky, read by Michael Goldstrom.

The New York Times best seller.

Winner of the 2017 LA Times Book Prize.

Why do human beings behave as they do? 

We are capable of savage acts of violence but also spectacular feats of kindness: is one side of our nature destined to win out over the other?

Every act of human behaviour has multiple layers of causation, spiralling back seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, even centuries, right back to the dawn of time and the origins of our species. 

In the epic sweep of history, how does our biology affect the arc of war and peace, justice and persecution? How have our brains evolved alongside our cultures?

This is the exhilarating story of human morality and the science underpinning the biggest question of all: what makes us human?

©2018 Robert M Sapolsky (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Awe-inspiring...You will learn more about human nature than in any other book I can think of." (Henry Marsh)

"One of the best scientist-writers of our time." (Oliver Sacks)

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Holistic approach on study of human behavior.

Delight to read and ponder on various subtle connections of human mind .A real worth of time reading..Robert is just amazing😊

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  • RB
  • 24-09-21

Science heavy - but worthy listen

Good book with most comprehensive neurobiological account of our behaviours but is science heavy. Well written and narrated and usage of wisdom by the author.

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The Most Comprehensive Account of Our Behaviours

I thoroughly enjoyed the book _Behave_ by Robert Sapolsky, a Stanford University Neuroendochronology Professor with wide interests.

Predictably, the book provides almost exhaustive and the most comprehensive neurobiological account of our behaviors and their implications on our economy, law and the future of humanity! Punctuated by his wisdom & wit, the book is engaging while it acts as the perfect antidote for the wasted, vacuous and wasteful Weltanschauung in circulation through social media nowadays!

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Amazing!

Difficult, and took two years to finish, and to be honest, I didn't understand everything. But amazing!

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Highly recommended

The book is beautiful understanding of modern day world through psycho-physiology. Loved it as it quashes quite a few myths about human race and its superiority!

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it is complicated

hitler was hitler becauseof his
FREE WILL,genes,hormones,culture,evolution,context cintext context.
individuate individuate individuate.
difficult physiology details even for a doctor but still a must read to understand 'I'and U

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  • Irene
  • 19-01-19

shame on Audible for bad delivery of a great book

The book is fantastic.
Embarrassing delivery by Audible. Chapter numbering is wrong. Appendices are noy listed separately. Does not work on Kindle app only on Audible app.

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  • Seba76
  • 20-04-20

Revolutionary knowledge

when I finished it I thought, I want more. Professor Sapolsky offered on this book a broad and deep analysis of a variety topics that can affect behavior under determined conditions; genetics, epigenetics, environment, culture and so on. I highly recommend this piece of knowledge

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-22

Una obra maestra de Psicologia Evolutiva

Algun amigo en Europa o U.S. por favor consiganme el book en papel, en Argentina no se editó nunca...

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  • James
  • 29-04-22

Great book!

One of the best books on how the brain works and its effect on how society works. Found it insightful and informative. I only wish I could soak in every detail and knowledge, but there is so much content that it seems impossible.

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  • Annabel Roberts
  • 13-11-21

Interesting but quite technical

This book is filled with interesting facts. The technical details are often long and detailed. This may not be a problem for many but others may find it tedious. For me it was worth the long winded details

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-21

a tomb of biological wonder

a must listen for anyone who is interested in humans, biology and behaviour full of wonderful research and prose

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  • Louise B
  • 14-09-18

Interesting book but narration is truly dreadful

Difficult to pay attention to the actual content without getting distracted by the narrators annoying and inappropriate voice. Why didn’t Sapolsky himself just narrate it?!! He has a brilliant voice...

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  • Mark
  • 25-08-18

Slow to start but it all comes together

Don't miss this. If behaviour from nerves to hormones to genetics to environment excited you this book draws them all together. Although it starts slow it's worth the patience

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  • 06-03-19

great book, great narration!

I'm very impressed by the narration! It's not easy to remain entertaining and bubbly on a science book. The book itself is entertaining and bubbly overall but there are some passages that are more technical and still the narration is really easy to listen to. The content is absolutely fascinating!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-19

Very informative

This book does justice to try at least partially to explain why, when or how we do what we do. There is quite a lot to take... And in the end it doesn't claim to provide with all of the answers, it tries and it makes lots of sense. A true science of real and complex world!

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  • paul davus
  • 08-03-20

Too much detail

I bought it because it looked interesting and you got a lot of hours for your credit. I now realize this is not necessarily the best method of choosing something. It is just too long and goes into too much depth for the curious generalist, which makes it at times baffling, sometimes tedious and often both. There is some really interesting stuff in here but buried in an avalanche of information. Maybe it's more of a primer for students of the subject but for me it was just too much and took a fascinating subject and managed to make it dull.

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  • jonathan
  • 17-09-19

Utterly comprehensive.

This review requires at least fifteen words to submit, so here we are. Awesome Book.

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  • Kieran Flood
  • 09-11-19

fascinating and educational

Though I have no scientific background, Sapolsky's style of introducing examples and related stories really kept me so engaged.
the voice performance is crystal clear.
Though this book isn't really a story, Sapolsky summarises previous perceptions and current understanding of neuroscience in a way that a complete layman like myself can understand and relate to.
I am actually ready for another listen to get a deeper understanding of the material!

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  • Duvethead
  • 05-05-19

A very accessible book on a very complex subject.

Robert Sapolsky writes in an engaging way, yet manages a thorough over view of current thinking on a very complex subject.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-21

Robert Sapolsky please narate

great book but narration is not great. Robert Sapolsky would be so much better! please narate it.

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  • Rockstar's mum
  • 09-10-19

Good for curious geeks who drive long distances.

I have been educated. I've read his work before, it's nice to have it read to you.

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  • 17-04-21

Breathtaking

This book has altered my worldview - It fascinatingly reveals the mechanisms underlying real world phenomena

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  • DaveSewellNZ
  • 16-03-21

Fascinatingly Insightful

Robert Sapolsky is a humerus genius in pulling together an incredible amount of studies to demonstrate what we understand of how our biology creates / influences our behaviour. I loved every minute of this book!

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  • noel
  • 30-07-20

Awesome, just awesome.

Of course all this is very obvious but it's nice to have someone confirm it through scientific research. every lawmaker should read this book or at least be whacked in the head by it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-19

Poor narration kills science

Great book in paperback. Hard going in audio as narrator seemingly doesn't understand what he's reading

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  • svetlana
  • 18-04-22

Behaviour explained by Science

An insightful and rewarding listen if you enjoy human behaviour study backed by science. The concepts were sometimes so complex to grasp, had to re-listen a few times or take notes. The entire book connects real world human behaviour examples with the why using science, from brain functions, hormones, genes, evolution, culture and history. All tie together giving you a different perspective on the examples chosen. It introduces you to actual events that were horrific when they occurred with the emotion removed to better understand why it could have occurred. It also may spark further research into those events as it did for me, giving a new lens to view the behaviour of those who executed such unimaginable horror to others.

It’s not an easy listen, it took me many months to finish as the concepts need digesting after each two or three chapters.

I will listen again, as so much was explained in one book, it deserves a few reads to get the full appreciation of what Sapolsky was aiming to share with the readers.

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  • midhun
  • 04-07-21

Excellent

If you are person falling on a science enthusiasts spectrum this a must read. Excellent!!

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  • Roberto
  • 10-09-19

Both inspiring and frightening

A wonderful review of current scientific approaches to understanding our behaviour. It begins with a passionate dramatic scene which we hope to undesrtand, I was left at the end frightened of the book's conclusions. I don't know if Sapolsky realises this was offered in the section where he describes his visit with his wife back to see what happened with the rubbish dump primates. In between the lines is the similar thinking that drove the person he fantastically attacks at the beginning. After all we are just like cars.

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  • A.S.
  • 28-08-19

Superb

Delightful work! As always Dr Sapolsky put in his vast and deep understanding of the subject into the book.

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  • Joeline Baker-Lang
  • 24-01-19

highly recommend to everyone!

great writer and educator using a multidisciplinary approach, accessible language, and humour to explore a fascinating topic

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  • peter
  • 30-10-18

fascinating

absolutely brilliant. will change the way you see the world. not at all like that pop culture science we all are sick of