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             The Author


        Dario Maestripieri is a Professor at
         The University of Chicago, where he
         teaches and conducts research
         on the biological bases of social behavior
         in human and nonhuman primates.




















In the almost fifty years since the publication of Eric Berne's bestselling book Games People Play we have made
    significant progress in our understanding of human relationships. In Games Primates Play, Dario Maestripieri
    integrates theories and data from evolutionary biology and behavioral economics to explain the way people
    behave toward their romantic or business partners, their friends or family members. And he shows that when
    it comes to social relationships, human beings didn't invent anything new: other primates play exactly the same

   Watch Dario Maestripieri talk about Games Primates Play on WTTW Chicago Tonight

                                                              Praise for Games Primates Play

     "At the end of the day, there is no social interaction of humans that does not bear the imprint of our being a
             species of animal, of primate, of ape. In this smart and witty book, one of our finest primatologists,
             Dario Maestripieri, gives a tour of human social behavior and its primate legacy. A fun, insightful read."

                   - Robert Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, Monkeyluv, and A Primate's Memoir

             "There's a new maestro on the block, and he's written a great book. When a chimp strays into a strange troop,
             why is he at risk of getting his testicles ripped off? Whose eyeballs is a capuchin monkey most likely to poke?
             How would a long-tail macaque take over Microsoft? Read Dario Maestripieri, and capisce..."

                   - Laura Betzig, author of Despotism and Differential Reproduction: A Darwinian View of History

              "Generally, junior professors write long and unsolicited emails to senior professors, who reply with short ones
                after a delay; the juniors then reply quickly and at length. This is not because the seniors are busier, for
                they, too, write longer and more punctually when addressing their deans and funders, who reply more
                briefly and tardily. The asymmetry in length and speed of reply correlates with dominance. When a
                subordinate chimpanzee grooms a dominant one, it often does so for a long time and unsolicited.
                When it requests to be groomed in turn, it receives only a brief grooming and usually after having to ask
                a second time. This gorgeous little juxtaposition of tales comes from a new book by Dario Maestripieri
                .... which is devoted to ramming home a lesson that we all seem very reluctant to learn: that much of our
                behavior, however steeped in technology, is entirely predictable to primatologists. .. Dr. Maestripieri then
                offers a fascinating analysis of the conundrum of peer review in science .... Dr. Maestripieri's most
                intriguing chapter is entitled 'Cooperate in the spotlight, compete in the dark. He describes how people,
                like monkeys, can be angels of generosity when all eyes are on them, but devils of spite in private."

                - Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, Genome,
                The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature, The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and
                the Evolution of Cooperation, The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture

              "Engaging... Maestripieri offers solid grounding in the basics of animal behavior while discussing the
              evolutionary roots of complex social patterns. The behaviors he focuses on are both critical and fascinating:
              sexual choice, dominance relationships, the nature of altruism and selfishness, and coalition building,
              among others."

                   -Publishers Weekly

             "Maestripieri has analyzed human and primate behavior patterns -- the "games" individuals play with each
             other -- and shows us the similarities to other primates in this fascinating survey. Using wonderful comparative
             studies and conversational language, Maestripieri brings us back to our primate roots so that we can better
             understand why we do the things we do."


              "Evolutionary biologist Dario Maestripieri uncovers the roots of human social behaviour using psychology,
              behavioural science and economics. Reasoning that social selective pressures are similar in humans and
              other primates - and roping in 'rational' models such as game theory - he examines everyday situations from
              multiple perspectives. Whether scoping out the 'elevator dilemma' of sharing a confined space with strangers,
              the human tendency to nepotism, or the 'economics of love', Maestripieri argues his case compellingly."


              "This informative and provocative work is a major contribution to understanding and appreciating the nature
              and behavior of humankind."

                - Library Journal

            "Just how our biology drives behaviour is the subject of numerous books, but Maestripieri does a commendable
               job of bringing something fresh to his analysis... Games Primates Play is an interesting, funny and engaging
               study of human nature."

                - The New Scientist

               "Behavioral biologist Dario Maestripieri launches from this example into a spirited, insightful narrative that
               explores the ways our interpersonal relationships resemble those of our primate cousins, suggesting
               evolutionary roots for a range of social behaviors including nepotism, cultivating friends, and climbing the
               corporate ladder."

               - Discover Magazine

               "Even decked in cultural finery, people make monkeys of themselves. Maestripieri, a veteran monkey
              investigator, builds a fascinating and occasionally disturbing case for fundamental similarities in the social
              shenanigans of people, apes, and monkeys due to a shared evolutionary heritage."

              - Science News


                                  Praise for Dario Maestripieri's "Macachiavellian Intelligence:
                          How Rhesus Macaques and Humans Have Conquered the World

               “Macachiavellian Intelligence provides deep insights into the fascinating psychology of both rhesus
               macaques and humans. Written in an engaging style with gripping examples that highlight key principles, it
               gives readers a profound understanding of the things we all care about—sex, status, dominance, aggression,
               kin, cooperation, and conflict.  Macachiavellian Intelligence is a must-read for anyone interested in the
               strategies we primates use to navigate the complexities of social living.”
                    <David M. Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating and The Murderer
                      Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill

              "Dario Maestripieri has spent more than 20 years studying rhesus macaques; he knows what he is talking
               about. Maestripieri tells the story with incisive prose, sharp wit and admirable brevity. He also has perfect
               timing. The idea that our human brains evolved largely to deal with the demands of society is very much in
                   <Alison Jolly, The Times - Higher Education Supplement>

              "Primate books are good for us. They remind us that we're primates, too. And the embarassing primate
               books are best. Macachiavellian Intelligence is an excellently embarassing primate book, and just
               the thing to make us blush and shuffle our feet."
                  <Michael Bywater, The Telegraph>