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Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic's Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows Hardcover – January 29, 2013
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This book begins as Unger approaches middle age. No longer a lone hero, he now leads an entourage that includes his Canadian wife (whom readers met in the first book), and three young children. He worries about his role and responsibilities, and this book revolves around environmental concerns in particular. Unger mulls over global warming, and decides to investigate the looming extinction of polar bears as the ice sheets recede. He reads scientific studies, watches documentaries, then interviews some of the researchers and rangers closest to the problem. Finally, and this forms the bulk of "Never Look A Polar Bear in The Eye," he travels to Canada with his family to see the problem first-hand.
This trip creates a stylistic oddity in "Never Look A Polar Bear in the Eye," in that we have basically two books under a single cover. The first is Unger's examination of his own life, his wacky travelogue with his family (to whom he is patently devoted), and a description of the Manitobans with whom they lived in 2008.Read more ›
Warning: the first part about the male bears killing females and cubs is a bit tough to read.
Most interesting info: only 5,000 polar bears in 1973 (were hunted) and approx. 25,000 now. So, if 2/3rds died, you would still have more than 40 years ago!
With his first-hand accounts of life in polar bear country, reflections on the state of polar bear research, and a good dose of his wit and cute family stories, Unger's Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic's Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows is an entertaining and informative read. As a committed environmentalist, Unger bought the story that the polar bears are dying and that unless we do something about global warming, they will be extinct, and soon. What he found is that the story is not so simple.
As a scientist named Rocky, who has lived and conducted research in polar bear country for decades, tells Unger, climate change does not necessarily lead to extinction. We can't predict what the effect of their environment changing will be. "It's the height of hubris to say with certainty that polar bears are an evolutionary dead end and that they can't adapt.Read more ›
That being said, if you want a funny, engaging book about the funnier side of ecotourism, read this! Highly, highly recommend for that reason.
Zac's exploration of "saving the polar bears" was interesting, educational and enjoyable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book! An engaging, educational and witty explanation or interrogation of what do we do with science? Glad he went to Churchill and not me!Published 21 days ago by K Grubb
Good thing this book is funny as heck cuz, as far as the polar bear situation goes, I have no idea what's really going on for sure - which come to think of it, is exactly what this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by janie
right-wing, anti-science BS. Denying that Polar Bears are dying off because of ice loss due to climate change.Published 7 months ago by bikerchef
Not much interesting information about the author's family life, but some of the scientific information was interesting. Not incredibly well-written.Published 13 months ago by Mary Tennyson
Best book I read in 2014. A very interesting, often funny, and informative book with a no holds barred approach to the subject of global warming's impacts to polar bears in the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rick B.
This book shines a whole new light on the subject of global warming. It lets us know that there are two sides to every story and the truth is usually in the middle. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Bill Bryson on seal meat. I don't read much but this started me on a jag. Fun, interesting and meaty enough to have meaning. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer