The Third Chimpanzee for Young People
Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff
Jared Diamond's first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.
At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons--all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial fork in our road. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species' future if we change?
With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today's young people will inherit. Triangle Square's The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they'll help build.
"This is exactly the kind of book that should be a 'set text' for a reinvigorated science curriculum: engaging, thought-provoking and bang up to the minute. If your teachers aren't recommending books like this - go out and get them anyway." -- Guy Claxton, author of What's the Point of School?
About Jared Diamond
JARED DIAMOND is professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published over 200 articles in Discover, Natural History, Nature, and Geo magazines. He is the author of five books for the public including Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and has sold over 1.5 million copies; the international bestseller Collapse; and the recently published The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?