Synopses & Reviews
With captivating writing and impeccable research, controversial psychoanalyst and New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Masson offers a remarkable look at one of the most fulfilling roles in the animal world: fatherhood. In The Emperor's Embrace, he showcases the extraordinary behavior of outstanding fathers, heroes among animals, including:
- the emperor penguin, who incubates the eggs of his young by holding them on his feet for two months
- the wolf -- and why wolves make good fathers, whereas dogs don't
- the marmoset, the South American monkey that carries his babies for the first two years of their lives wherever he goes.
Masson also examines nature's worst fathers: lions, langurs, bears -- and humans. He shows that when a father does care for his young, as does the beaver, we immediately look for a biological and not an emotional explanation. But Masson demonstrates that for these animals -- as with humans -- fatherhood is a profound, all-encompassing experience. Compelling and inspirational, The Emperor's Embrace is a book that will forever change our perceptions of parenthood and family love.
"Jeff Masson, as we have come to expect, brings the behavior of his animal subjects vividly and enchantingly to life. Some turly fascinating paternal behavior is described in this book. The perfect gift for fathers, fathers-to-be- and boyfriends!" Jane Goodall
"Magnificent! Jeffrey Masson has done it again, with another groundbreaking book full of fascinating insights into the animal world, on a much neglected subject." Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs
"A valuable and fascinating contribution to the debate on man's relation to nature. Even for those who disagree, the wit of Jeffrey Masson's argument and the thousand little facts and anecdotes he serves with it make this book a pleasure." Mark Kurlansky, author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
Controversial psychoanalyst and bestselling author Jeffrey Masson offers a remarkable look at fatherhood in the animal world. He showcases the unusual caring behavior of emperor penguins, wolves and South American marmosets. He also profiles deadbeat animal dads--lions, bears and langurs.