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ARTS AND IDEAS
What Jane Goodall reads
Primatologen talked to our books about what she has learned from reading.
What books are on your bedside table?
“The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West”, to remind me to read about. It’s brilliant and I know the author Imran Ahmad. And “Cult: Following My Escape and Return to the Children of God”, by Bexy Cameron. I skimmed it, and it’s an extraordinary and coolly true autobiography.
What topics would you like more writers to write about?
People and projects around the world that show the resilience of nature, the indomitable human spirit, the power of informed young people, the fantastic innovation of scientists who fight climate change.
If you could demand that President Biden read a book, what would it be?
I asked someone related to the Biden administration, and he said that Biden is daily overwhelmed by horrible news and that I should recommend my book “The Book of Hope”. In which, on behalf of the interviewer Doug Abrams, I describe my conviction that if we take action now, we can turn things around.