Anthropology has motivated me to read into various primate studies... I found this current book "Understanding Chimpanzees" published by the Harvard Press, at our college library, and it turned out to be an extremely interesting find. The introduction is written by Jane Goodall while the book itself is a compilation of over 30 authors, all prestigous anthropologists, psychologists and so forth who have done significant research with Chimpanzees.
I find the observations and individual case studies of these chimpanzees SOOOOO fascinating it's NOT EVEN FUNNY. I dunno what's wrong with me, all of a sudden I'm just engrossed in this study, it's completely compelling. I think most of you would be surprised just how similar Chimps and Humans are, socially, psychologically, genetically... etc.
Examples of infanticide, depression, cannibalism, inter-species conflict, sibling rivalry, hereditary psychosis, residual impact after death, voluntary isolation, anti-social behavior and much more, have all been observed and explained in this book. It is beyond interesting, it's a reflection of ourselves in an endangered species almost genetically identical to ourselves. I highly recommend picking it up sometime.
While I was at the library, i couldn't help but pick up "Dora : An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria with Three Case Histories" by Sigmund Freud. I am simultaneously reading about the human psyche and that of the chimps, though I haven't decided which is more disturbing. The book is very informative to those interested in psychology and Freudian theory, though it is written almost entirely in medical terms and therefore may leave a few dead ends to the casual reader. I am thoroughly pleased with this selection thus far, but have only just begun... so i'll fill you guys in later. ROCK!