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His research on the lions of Gir forest in India, on the crocodiles of Northern Australia, on the bears of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, and on the Siberian tigers of Far East Russia finds animals held in constant tension, encircled by every-expanding human populations. But Quammen doesn't oversimplify the conflicts. Often, in fact, Quammen has so much to say about competing interests that he makes several false starts before finding his true theme. Recalling his reading in the l970s literature on crocodiles in Africa, for example, Quammen abruptly jumps to a failed farming and reintroduction project begun in India before finally settling into the investigation of Northern Australia's Crocodylus Park.
These changes in geography, time, and perspective can be disorienting in a book that is already complicated by its several competing approaches. Adding to the abundance, Quammen explores human population growth projections, images of the Leviathan in the Bible, keystone species theory, the Muskrat hypothesis (the idea that the "wastage parts" of an animal species are the ones most likely to suffer predation), and the 1994 discovery of the Chauvet cave paintings. Yet Quammen, author of The Soing of the Dodo moves with such ease through this wilderness of ideas that even the most difficult material becomes palatable. --Patrick OKelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I recently reread this book, and had forgotten how good it is. Note the title reads "In the Jungles of History and the Mind. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lyndonbrecht
Excellent book. As always Quammen delivers with fluid prose, engaging anecdotes, and thought provoking analysis. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
David Quammen is an exceptionally good writer; however, this book is very slow in places and boring to read. Much of the book reads like a research paper which in a way it is. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Patrick S.
This book discusses all predators, great and small, their place in their local ecology, their places in the myths and memories of people from the ancient to modern, etc. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Vincent J.
David Quammen takes the reader to India, Australia, Romania and Siberia to study four of the Earth's greatest predators: lion, tiger, crocodile and bear. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Ragnar65
Quammen finds a maximal balance of focus and depth, raising universal questions through an examination of four animals in four environments. Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Brian Griffith
Quammen writes about the survivor, not humanity, but rather the man-eating predators. The true monster's of God are humanity and their destructive nature when in comes to the world... Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by In The Looney Book Bin
This book reads like an obituary, providing us one last chance to marvel at the animals that top the food chain before they disappear forever. Read morePublished on June 29, 2008 by Jamie Elliott