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“Written with clarity, intelligence, and humor, this engaging book will appeal to basically everyone.”―Forbes

“Eager takes us inside the amazing world of nature’s premier construction engineer…and shows us why the restoration of an animal almost driven to extinction is producing wide-ranging, positive effects on our landscapes, ecology, and even our economy.”―National Geographic

"Impressively researched, charmingly written, absolutely persuasive book. . . .Goldfarb makes his argument with a quiet power and deceptively breezy writing that paints a vivid picture of how the various inhabitants of the natural world rely on one other. Take one vital piece out and the whole thing could collapse."―The Seattle Times

"This book lodges itself among the ranks of the best sort of environmental journalism.”The Boston Globe

Eager is a passionate, captivating love letter to the beaver.”The Christian Science Monitor 

"Goldfarb’s writing shines with beautiful language and colorful stories.”Science News

“Engrossing and elegantly written…. Within its wide scope, Eager includes nuggets sure to make you the most fascinating conversationalist at your next party.”Scientific American

“A revelation! If we only let them live, beavers are the solution to many of our nation’s ecological problems. . . . Goldfarb’s wonderful book might just tail-slap a politician or two into realizing how much we need them to restore our critical wetlands.”―Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of an Octopus

“This witty, engrossing book will be a classic from the day it is published.”Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

“European settlers who cut, plowed, and shot their way west also trapped the country nearly clean of mammals. . . . Now, though, beavers are on the rebound, and the how and who of that story, as told in Eager, will give you a new and completely different concept of the continent.”Carl Safina, New York Times bestselling author of Beyond Words

About the Author

Ben Goldfarb is an award-winning environmental journalist who covers wildlife conservation, marine science, and public lands management, as well as an accomplished fiction writer. His work has been featured in ScienceMother JonesThe Guardian, High Country NewsVICEAudubon MagazineModern FarmerOrionWorld Wildlife MagazineScientific AmericanYale Environment 360, and many other publications. He holds a master of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is a 2018 North American Congress for Conservation Biology journalist fellow.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 12 ounces
  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1603589082
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1603589086
  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing; Reprint Edition (March 8, 2019)
  • Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.71 x 7.76 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 219 ratings

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Mrs Anne Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovingly written account of the beaver and environment.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eologically essential reading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2018
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Prw Ramsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work from Ben Goldfarb!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive
Reviewed in Canada on January 22, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to have in the library
Reviewed in Canada on June 9, 2019
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