The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Animal Behavior by David Attenborough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you are an Attenborough fan, this is a must-have book for you. Even if you're just a casual fan of his many great documentaries, this is probably a must-have book for you, too.
It's all about animals. All kinds. All their mating behaviors, social structures, and feeding habits. Bees to elephants, ticks to birds of paradise.
Obviously, unless you're going to have a MUCH longer book, the species are curated and carefully chosen, but they're also very entertaining.
So why the 4 star, Brad? Merely because it isn't nearly as easy to follow with the limited descriptions without a visual, active component. Fortunately, this one will have exactly that.
I did enjoy this a great deal. I also know I probably should have enjoyed it more. This does not, in any way, diminish the importance of the work he does, of the work Attenborough brings to our attention.
It is absolutely necessary. Life is so much stranger than we tend to believe.
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