BOOKS: Next of Kin
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 1997:
Next of Kin
by Roger Fouts
with Stephen Tukel Mills.
Introduction by Jane Goodall
William Morrow & Co.
(1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York,
NY 10019), 1997. 420 pages, hardcover, $25.00.
Chimpanzees’ use of English seems childlike, the tools
they make are simple, and their cultures are somewhat basic.
When these statements are understood they become revolutionary.
What Dr. Roger Fouts explains to us in Next of Kin
is that chimpanzees are us. Whether the public is ready for this
message and will be able to understand what this means about
the way we should treat the great apes remains to be seen.