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Gifts of an Eagle [Kindle Edition]

Kent Durden
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Book Description

“[E]xtraordinary . . .” —Delia Ephron

In 1955, Ed Durden brought a baby golden eagle home to his ranch in California, where she would stay for the next sixteen years. As her bond with Ed and the Durden family grew, the eagle, named Lady, displayed a fierce intelligence and strong personality. She learned quickly, had a strong mothering instinct (even for other species), and never stopped surprising those who cared for her.
A New York Times bestseller for eight weeks upon its publication, Gifts of an Eagle is a heartwarming story about a breathtaking eagle and the people whose lives she changed forever. 

Editorial Reviews


“Superb . . . an outstanding story of one of the grandest creatures of nature, written with rare knowledge and understanding of the subject. It combines keen observation with a remarkable intimate relationship, so seldom found in studies of wild creatures. It should become a ‘classic.’” —Joy Adamson, author of Born Free
“A glad adventure into the fierce free world behind those golden eyes. Mr. Durden has found a way to hand us the friendship of a proud creature, and that’s a gift rarely given . . .” —Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

About the Author

Kent Durden (1937–2007) was a wildlife photographer, documentarian, and writer best known for his acclaimed book Gifts of an Eagle (1972), an account of his family’s sixteen years caring for a golden eagle named Lady. In a column for the Wall Street Journal,Delia Ephron named the memoir among the five greatest books about animals. Durden also wrote the novel Flight to Freedom (1974) and the memoir A Fine and Peaceful Kingdom (1975). A native of Southern California, Durden toured with the Audubon Society for many years, giving lectures and screening his film about Lady, which included original footage of many of the events from the book. It is available at His daughter, Krissy Durden, lives in Portland, Oregon, and contributed a new foreword to Open Road’s edition of Gifts of an Eagle.

Product Details

  • File Size: 644 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009193NC8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Durden's "Gifts of an Eagle" too good to be out of print. December 21, 1997
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Kent Durden's "Gifts of an Eagle" was a rare find at the Public Library, and one of those books you want to own once you've read it. There is something about "Lady", the eagle that Kent and his father raised, that reveals a personality, a wild conciousness that was quite marvelous to witness "firsthand". Kent and his father got a liscense from the state of California to capture and raise this golden eagle, (something I doubt is even possible any more, which makes this a piece of history too.) For anyone who loves eagles, you will never get a more personal experience than this. Although out of print, this excellent book can still be found with a little digging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what an incredible story! April 12, 2014
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Being of Native descent, eagles are sacred to my Nation, and having worked with smaller raptors, I have some insight into what it takes to handle one... But this book gave me more than I bargained for! I laughed, and cried, and smiled the whole time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves nature, or simply a good read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An old friend June 18, 2014
By Dave L.
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My dad gave me this book that he read as a kid when I was younger. I wanted to reread it while I was on the go so I purched the kindle version. The story overall is very entertaining. The writer, as he states, is not a writer so the story isnt as embelished or fancy as it could be. Reading this book is like listening to your grandpas stories. I really enjoy it still.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! March 16, 2014
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This book was such a pleasure to read. Totally entertaining and endearing. Lots of interesting facts told in the wittiest way with a good measure of suspense utilized to tell the tale. Do not hesitate to try this book. I have bought copies for all of my naturalist friends to rave reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting August 19, 2013
By Lance
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A quick interesting read. At times the narrative bogged down, but overall the book is interesting and certainly well intended. It has a happy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting January 4, 2013
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Bought this book as a gift for my husband who is very interested in eagles. He devoured it in no time, sharing so many of the stories that he read about this bird and the father and son she touched with her life
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