Strange Bedfellows

  • by David P. Barash, Judith Eve Lipton
  • Narrated by Dina Pearlman
  • 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Myth of Monogamy, husband and wife David P. Barash (an evolutionary biologist) and Judith Eve Lipton (a psychiatrist), stunned the public by showing how rare monogamy is in nature. Now, in Strange Bedfellows, they look at the other side of the coin: how biology actually promotes monogamy in some species and how these lessons apply to human beings.An accessible work of science that is relevant to our intimate daily life, Strange Bedfellows will reassure some people, surprise others, and engage everyone.

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What the Critics Say

"With wit and intelligence, Barash and Lipton provide a rational, scientific look at the seemingly irrational business of falling and staying in love." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Great coverage of a sexy topic

This delightful and to-the-point book goes over the necessary material to understand the battle between monogamy and polygamy. It explains how each of the two strategies are evolutionarily advantageous, but also goes over their down-sides. Lots of examples are taken from zoology (gorillas, bonobo monkeys, prairie voles, etc.). Putting humans under the same zoological microscope, a myriad of evidence suggests that we fit the class of "mostly monogamous".

The end of the book is a little patronizing, as if trying to soften the news for those who have trouble accepting our biological reality.

All-in-all, a great little book. Well worth a read (or listen).
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- Jeff

Great scientific information.

Very well researched. Very informative and interesting.
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- Marie Kerby

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios