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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426211767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426211768
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Photographer PAUL NICKLEN grew up in Nunavut, amid the ice floes and frigid seas of northern Canada. He has published numerous stories for National Geographic, and has received more than 20 international accolades, including five awards from World Press Photo, three from Pictures of the Year International, two from Communication Arts, and ten from BBC Wildlife for Photographer of the Year.

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Definitely will send as a Christmas gift to everyone on my list.
C. Mittermeier
They profess (that) their followers have great love for the animal and the killing gives the bear a value, which encourages its protection.
Warren Bailey
This is an absolutely beautiful book, with some amazing photographs!
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Wow! Such a short word, but doesn't even begin to convey the sense of wonder and inspiration this book placed into my heart. Paul Nicklen has a gift-and he wants to share it with the world. This is the third book I have purchased by him, and as soon as he publishes another, it will join my library as well. Paul travels the world, documenting species which exist in delicate ecosystems, and whose very lives are threatened. Not all of us will ever be able to travel to the parts of the globe that Paul can, but he shares it with us, through his images, and through his words. I doubt that I will ever see a Spirit Bear, a Grizzly Bear, or a Polar Bear in person (although I was lucky enough to see a Black Bear in the wild once in Alaska), but through his images, I really feel that I am there as well. I loved these images, I loved the quotes that were interspersed throughout the book, and I REALLY appreciated the information that he provides along with these vivid photographs. His work appeals to multigenerations, with my teenaged daughter, my 20something daughter, myself, and my 60something year old friend all enjoying his work equally, although for different reasons. If you have any interest in wildlife, conservation, the arctic ecosystems, or just love and wonder at nature in general, you will not be disappointed by this beautiful book. When you buy it-don't keep it to yourself. Share it with friends, with family, with anyone you feel it may touch, you will be amazed at how just about everyone can find something in it to identify with, and hold close to their own hearts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Mittermeier on November 11, 2013
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Bear is a fantastic collection of superb photography by Paul Nicklen and short yet passionate essays that tells a hopeful story for the future of bears. Definitely will send as a Christmas gift to everyone on my list. Well done!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 21, 2013
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In "Bear: Spirit of the Wild" noted National Geographic wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen captures North American bears to brilliant effect. The photographs are beautifully composed and the collection as a whole is amongst the best single-volume compilations of bear photos I've ever seen. The book, while heavily emphasizing photography, does have some notable commentary from diverse viewpoints which genuinely enhances the book. This is a great book for anyone interested in bears or nature generally, and will undoubtedly impress even the pickiest nature photography enthusiasts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Warren Bailey on December 7, 2013
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A photojournalist's plea to preserve the bears of North America.

"Bear: Spirit of the Wild" is photojournalist Paul Nicklen's third book. It was supported and published by National Geographic. As did the previous two Nicklen books ("Seasons of the Arctic" and "Polar Obsession"), "Bear" celebrates the beauty of the Arctic and of the British Columbian rain forest, with a focus on the largest land predators of the North. The threat of extinction by environmental changes to the North American members of the family Ursidae (polar, grizzly, black, and spirit bears) is documented through Nicklen's camera.

"Bear" is divided into four sections, each devoted to one species of bear. The photos in each section are breath taking, and give one an appreciation not only for the animals, but also for Paul's incredible artistry, patience, and toughness. The section on the spirit bear, in particular, captures these marvellous animals in their natural habitat along the British Columbian coast. Never has the life of the "kermode" been documented so vividly.

Nicklen has become one of the leading photojournalist of the polar regions, both above and below the polar ice. For the past fifteen years, he has become one of National Geographic's leading photojournalists, and has received an impressive list of international honors. One of Nicken's most important messages to aspiring nature photographers is, "Most anyone can take good photos. But to be a successful photojournalist, the photos must tell a story." "Bear" certainly tells an important story.

Accompanying Paul's photos are a series of commentaries by leading naturalists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sypher360 on January 7, 2014
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This book has amazing pictures! Any bear lover would really enjoy this book. The photographer is very talented. Thank you for such quick service.
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such gorgeous photos!! You must slowly look at each and every one, closely, and be sure to read the captions. You will surly appreciate the beauty and the effort made to capture these bears.
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