Chimpanzees and bonobos share 99% of human DNA, making these two primates our closest living relatives. This ape/human connection is the topic of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond’s recently-adapted 1991 book that The New York Times called “a pleasure to read” — this time, it’s geared toward young adults. The Third Chimpanzee for Young People takes an investigative look at human traits of violence and intervention, analyzing whether or not, similar to our ape brethren, these are coded into our genes. His book also looks at today’s perilous world of nuclear weapons and climate change, asking if there’s hope for the future of humans — “the third chimpanzees” — and the state of affairs younger generations are inheriting. A geography professor at UCLA, Diamond is the author of six books, including the bestselling Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse.
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