- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: University of Washington Press (October 28, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0295999225
- ISBN-13: 978-0295999227
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.8 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Engelhard is a first-rate guide and very capable writer; Ice Bear makes fascinating reading--although grimly ironic, since the future of the polar bear in the wild has never looked bleaker.
-- Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly
The product of Engelhard's exhaustive research is an eclectic, comprehensive, compelling, and very readable cultural iconography elevated to a level of art form by the inclusion of well-chosen and often stunning illustrations on almost every page. Ice Bear is a visual National Geographic with real verbal punch! -- Marilyn Gates, New York Journal of Books
Engelhard, a Fairbanks resident, is trained as a cultural anthropologist and works as a wilderness guide in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The combination makes him uniquely qualified to have authored this fascinating and extensively illustrated exploration of humanity's deeply complicated relationship with an animal he is well acquainted with. -- David James, Alaska Dispatch News
It is in the setting of concern about global warming that Michael Engelhard has provided us with a wonderful book that uses a charismatic carnivore to help us explore the place of humans on this planet. -- Casey Bush, The Bear Deluxe Magazine
In Ice Bear, Michael Engelhard untangles our complicated love/hate relationship with this iconic Arctic animal.
-- Harry Wilson, Canadian Geographic
A riveting cultural and historical study of the polar bear, Ice Bear is a profound exploration of this charismatic species, written by Arctic Alaska wilderness guide Michael Engelhard.
-- Grapevine (Natural History Book Service)
Michael Engelhard has crafted a richly illustrated, authoritative and eye-opening testament to our evolving and often tragic relationship with the polar bear . . . . From Native mythology to modern-day "doom" tourism, the book does an excellent job of viewing the species through the eyes of many different cultures during many different time periods . . . . The images alone justify owning this book.
-- John Yunker, EcoLit Books
"Engelhard's writing has the sort of calm authority that reminds me often of Barry Lopez."―David Knowles, EarthLines
"Engelhard's thought-provoking iconography explores in depth the multitude of cultural roles played by the polar bear."―David Fox, Anchorage Press
"Essayist and wilderness guide Engelhard examines the intertwined history of polar bears and humans in this fascinating look at how we have interpreted the species. . . . Of particular interest now as polar ice melts."―Nancy Bent, Booklist
"'Iconic' is the marketing cliché of our times, applied as unthinkingly to wildlife as it is to biscuits. But here, Michael Engelhard digs deeper, tracing how the polar bear came to occupy its place in contemporary culture and, in the process, suggesting what the mechanics of iconography say about us."―Mike Unwin, BBC Wildlife Magazine
"Everybody loves polar bears but few likely know, or have ever pondered, why. In Ice Bear, Michael Engelhard weaves together the disparate pieces of our eclectic social and cultural fascination with polar bears. His tapestry of images further reveals our complex attachment to this Arctic icon."―Andrew Derocher, author of Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior
"Like the whale, the polar bear is a seismographic animal, its fate a sensory prediction of our own. Michael Engelhard's gorgeous synoptic survey of this icy cultural symbol speaks to this terrible, wonderful beauty, a paradoxical emblem of a world out of kilter. Beautifully written and tellingly illustrated, Engelhard's Ice Bear sits on top of our world, regnant, threatened, intrinsically and endlessly evocative of the ever vexed meeting of human and natural history."―Philip Hoare, author of The Sea Inside
"A great book about the greatest and most formidable of polar predators."―Richard Ellis, author of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear
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Michael Engelhard has done a wonderful job of telling the story of polar bears. thanks!Published 18 days ago by Brian Rogers
Ice Bear is a phenomenal read with beautiful, vivid images. The cultural history is fascinating and spellbinding and is among the best of the genre.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is by far the best Polar bear book I have ever read! Awesome!Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer