"The wolf exerts a powerful influence on the human imagination. It takes your stare and turns it back on you." So Barry Lopez writes in his first major work of nonfiction, a careful study of the way that wolves and humans have interacted over centuries, and the way that the wolf has become so central to our thinking about animals. Drawing on considerable personal experience with wolves and on an astonishing range of literature, Lopez argues for the necessity of wolves in the world, which would be much poorer without their howl. Thanks in part to the influence of this essential book about Canis lupus
, first published in 1978, we know a great deal more about wolves and are all the better prepared to assure their protection.
John Fowles A remarkable book, both biologically absorbing and humanly rich, and one that should be read by every ecologically concerned American.
George Schaller Animal Kingdom Of Wolves and Men
is not only the best popular account of an animal I have read in a long time, but also something new -- a bridge between books of the past and those of the future, which, it is hoped, will incorporate and expand the perceptions so eloquently treated here.
Edmund Fuller Wall Street Journal
A splendid, beautiful book.
Bayard Webster New Fork Times Book Review
Fascinating....His book has a wealth of observation, mythology and mysticism about wolves that adds a colorful part to the still unfinished mosaic that defines the wolf.
Walter Clemons Newsweek
Eloquent....His own patient effort to understand a despised, feared and heavily mythologized beast induces a shiver, of strangeness, the sign of fresh, original work.
Robert Kirsch Los Angeles Times
Unusually informative and sensitive.Boston Globe
Haunting....has something of value to say to all of us.
Whitley Streiber Washington Post
Brilliant...a work of intelligence, dedication and beauty, deserving the widest possible attention not only for the sake of wolves but also for the sake of men.