The Price Of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness

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The completely compelling biography of a remarkable man, and his search for the origins of kindness.

Subject: History
 
The Price Of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness, Oren Harman

When George Price died in January 1975, his funeral in London was attended by five homeless men. Alongside them were Bill Hamilton and John Maynard Smith, two distinguished British evolutionary biologists. All seven men had come to mourn an eccentric American genius who helped to unpick the riddle of how altruism, or unselfish concern for the welfare of others, could exist in a world driven by survival of the fittest and who committed suicide aged just 52.In The Price of Altruism Price's personal and professional journey is intricately woven into a sweeping arc of modern politics and science that takes us from Darwin's Beagle to the court of the Russian Tsar, from Marxist manifestos to Nazi heresies, and from First World War trenches to Vietnam demonstrations. Featuring some of the most brilliant minds of the modern age, it is the riveting tale of mankind's search for the origins of kindness.

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  • Paperback
    $24.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099531661
    Published: 15/05/2011
    Imprint: Vintage
    Extent: 464 pages
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    $59.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781847920621
    Published: 15/05/2010
    Imprint: Bodley Head
    Extent: 464 pages
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    ISBN: 9781407085241
    Published: 15/05/2011
    Imprint: Vintage Digital
    Extent: 464 pages
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