- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1 edition (July 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805098887
- ISBN-13: 978-0805098884
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 170 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel Hardcover – July 14, 2015
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"Beyond Words will have a deep impact on many readers, for it elevates our relationships with animals to a higher plane....Along with Darwin's Origin and Richard Dawkins's Selfish Gene, BEYOND WORDS marks a major milestone in our evolving understanding of our place in nature. Indeed it has the potential to change our relationship with the natural world."
--Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Carl Safina's work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. Safina is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina. His writing appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, Orion, and other periodicals and on the Web at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post, and CNN.com. Beyond Words is his seventh book. He lives on Long Island, New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is written beautifully, but that should not imply that it is an easy read. However, it is a MUST READ if you love animals.
Jacques Cousteau said that we protect what we love. We are also engaged in a journey of becoming with that which we love.
Carl Safina's BEYOND WORDS will guide and accompany on your journey of loving animals.
This book contains fascinating information about animals, but this book is a vision quest.
Be forewarned by the dimensioned and nuanced style.You will lick the dust of an elephant's breath from your teeth, lean into the salt spray of arcing orca dives, measure your heartbeats by wolf paws padding a wild terrain.
The book is long. You will persist. There is treasure here. You sense that. Stay the course.
No vision quest worth it's glimpse at great mysteries ever gives up before the epilogue & footnotes.
I am part Native American. I thank Carl for helping us see all our relations more truly.
This is a book for a journey of such importance, it may take the rest of your life. Don't worry, a wondrous assemblage of species and those humans who love and protect them will be with you every step of the way.
The book is divided into four parts, three of which focus mainly on a single species, each of which is seriously endangered: African elephants, wolves and orcas. Along the way, Safina also talks about other species, especially his dogs. The depth of information he presents demonstrating just how sentient these animals are is mind-boggling--who knew, e.g., that whales and orcas had led humans lost in the fog to safety--more than once?
This is a passionate, highly readable and well-documented book that everyone who calls himself a human being should read--especially those with an offhanded attitude toward animals. I have already recommended it to many friends and will continue to do so. If you have any interest in animal behavior--beyond the usual arm's-length approach that science usually takes--grab this book and read it.
This is a big book - so I read a few chapters each day. And now I'm sorry that I have no more chapters to read. I will be sharing Beyond Words with friends but always keeping the book for me to reread again and again.