In this study of three great female primatologists, science journalist Montgomery moves beyond biography into ethology, taking a step that goes well beyond even her subjects' research. Goodall, Fossey and Galdikas each made a similar leap, the author contends, moving from observers and recorders to an almost shamanistic quest to enter the world of the apes they studied. These personal transformations are sketchily supported with anecdotes from the field, personal interviews and even a jarring account of an attempt to contact Fossey, after her death, via channeling. Montgomery adds little to Farley Mowat's 1988 biography of Fossey, Woman in the Mists , but she offers a few fresh angles on Goodall, Galdikas and other characters, human and ape, met before in their books. In an epilogue, Montgomery offers the intriguing view of these scientists as pioneers of a particularly female way of scientific knowing that deserves fuller argument than three portraits allow. Photos. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This is a book about how love--the power that moves us beyond us and our own self interest to form relationships with an 'other'--can transform lives and worlds.... Author Montgomery brings an admirable grace and kindness to her treatment of the three women's lives and work, affording them, in many ways, the same dignity and respect they offered to the animals they observed and card for so deeply.... It is worth reading simply as expert storytelling, animated by particular and passionate writing."--Cape Cod Times
I was required to get this book for a class. It's really not that good..Published 4 months ago by Tyler
This book was phenomenal. I am in the process of reading all of the books written by Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful insight into the work of three key primatologists during the last few decades: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas.Published on March 26, 2013 by Alex
Sy Montgomery is an enchanting writer. I could not put this book down. She so wonderfully describes the 3 women and the gorillas, chimps and orangutans, giving us a clear sense of... Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Abigail