How We Do It by Robert Martin

How We Do It

Despite our seemingly endless fascination with sex and parenting, the origins of our reproductive lives remain a mystery. Why are a quarter of a billion sperm cells needed to fertilize one egg? Are women really fertile for only a few days each month? How long should women breast-feed? In How We Do It, primatologist Robert Martin draws on forty years of research to locate the origins of everything from sex cells to baby care—and to reveal whatâ€...

Details How We Do It

TitleHow We Do It
Release DateJun 11th, 2013
PublisherBasic Books
GenreScience, Nonfiction, History, Biology, Evolution, Anthropology, Sexuality

Reviews How We Do It

  • Danielle T
    Despite the cover, this book was less about the act of sex and more about pregnancy and early development. Robert Martin is a biological anthropologist and draws many parallels to primate studies. A good look at all aspects of reproduction besides the fun bits.
  • Brianne S
    Picked up a copy of this book in the Field Museum gift shop after seeing a video in the Evolving Planet exhibit in which Robert Martin was featured. This book is extremely well written and is very easy to follow for readers without a scientific background. I learned so much that I didn't know before, this was a truly engaging book!
  • christine.
    How We Do It deals extensively with all aspects of human reproduction - from the evolution of sex to caring for babies. There are plenty of fascinating facts here, and I found it interesting, academic, and engaging throughout, but I was pretty disappointed at how much of the book focused on child care and child rearing, and less on human reproduction itself. There's nothing in here on the mechanics of desire, on sexuality, on preference and how t...
  • Atila Iamarino
    Ótimo conteúdo, diferente de tudo o que já li. Um complemento biológico/evolutivo para a perspectiva médica que normalmente impera no assunto. Gostei especialmente das comparações de período fértil, fecundação e amamentação com outros primatas. Muita coisa nova.
  • Chelsea
    I did not finish this book. The first chapter was really interesting and then it got into way too much detail about the history of this and that and the comparison between animals, including humans. I know, I know, the title says "The Evolution and Future" so I should expect some history but it just felt drawn out. Too many references to too many monkeys.This book suffers from "Need to be 300 pages or more" syndrome when it could have offered a v...
  • Michelle
    I wanted to pick up something non-fiction, and something about sex seemed cool enough! It was okay. I skipped over a lot of it. The author goes through a literature review of basically all these studies about human sexual reproduction, but also mostly talks about primate studies in general, without a real connection to how humans work. So -- if you're interested in that kind of thing, but otherwise skip it.
  • Shana
    There was so much interesting information packed into this book that I might hold onto it for a little while. Robert Martin has mastered the method of presenting complex ideas so that they are easy to understand. An unexpected part of the joy of reading this was that the author had such a wonderful sense of humor that showed in his writing style.
  • Ordlas
    Extremely interesting and well-written. The chapters on breastfeeding and baby care might be tough for pregnant women and new moms but all in all, this book was very informative, especially in terms of primate evolution.
  • Ana Rînceanu
    This is not a book about sexy times, but about explaining the effect evolution has had on human conception and baby care. This book is science for the everyday reader, easily readable and informative. Biology for the win!
  • Delta
    I could not put the book down! It was so full of interesting facts and statistics. I never felt that Martin was drawing unfounded conclusions or pushing any agenda. I spent several days telling everyone all these fascinating facts that I learned from the book. It was just so good.
  • Emannuel Rojas
    Read if you're like me and can't comprehend why before modern society existed wild humans needed to spend 12 years stuck to their mothers before they could hunt and fend off for themeselves.
  • Moises
    Stopped reading. Too pedantic, although highly informative.
  • John
    "It" refers to conceiving, birthing, and raising infants. Very interesting, but pretty dry.
  • Jie Zhu
    Did you know that most primate mothers eat their infants' feces to keep the nest clean? And heating the testes for 30 minutes a day can serve as a form of birth control? Wonderful book.
  • Luara Haskin
    Interesting read, but very dry. He doesn't explain a lot of the evolution principles, so I was glad to have my Bio background.
  • Rui
    Fantastic book about the evolution of human reproduction
  • Clint
    An in-depth look at procreation from an evolutionary standpoint. How do we produce babies relative to other primates and mammals.
  • Jeanie Chung
    Definitely an example of marketing to make it sound "sexier," literally, than it is. But still interesting.