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An Israeli Win at the L.A. Times Book Prizes


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community/article/an_israeli_win_at_the_la_times_book_prizes_20110503

Bar-Ilan University professor Oren Harman won a 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize last weekend for “The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness” (W.W. Norton and Co.), his biography of the tormented American evolutionary theorist who tried to crack the mystery of why humans can be altruistic and was devastated by the results. The book, which was also named by The New York Times as one of the 100 most notable books of 2010, traces previous attempts to discover why people perform selfless acts, in conflict with Darwin’s theory of the survival of the fittest.

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