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A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park Hardcover – April 22, 2014

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*Starred Review* A man of towering achievements, biologist and Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson (Letters to a Young Scientist, 2013) is still happiest in the field, alert to new discoveries. In his latest book, this inspiring teacher and clarion voice of reason and wonder, compassion and realism turns his exploration of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park in search of “previously little-known insect fauna” into a walking seminar on the grand and complex web of life and how human activity imperils it. Damaged by a brutal civil war, poverty, deforestation, and poaching, Gorongosa, a place of caves, ravines, rain forests, and mountains, is now being restored, thanks to the government’s innovative partnership with American philanthropist Gregory Carr. Fascinated by the region’s natural and human history, Wilson conducts Gorongosa’s first “bioblitz,” in which local children and adults count wildlife species, and revels in his own encounters. He explains why “Africa needs its elephants” and celebrates all the “little things that run the world,” including his specialty, ants, and mound-building termites. Profoundly knowledgeable and passionately appreciative of the beauty and ferocity of life and its finely calibrated and vulnerable equilibrium, Wilson calls for more “inviolate nature reserves” around the world because wildlands “maintain the stability” of the biosphere, and nature “is the birthright of everyone on Earth.” --Donna Seaman

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A Window on Eternity revels in biodiversity and nature’s inventiveness. . . . Wilson plants his defiant flag defending biodiversity in a place once so brutally despoiled that its recovery is truly momentous.” (Stuart Pimm Nature)

“Wilson suggests that our tired planet, managed wisely, can still demonstrate an enormous capacity for regeneration. . . . [his] prose consistently strikes a note of transcendence, and one sees a hint of that, too, in the pictures of Gorongosa by Piotr Nasrecki that accompany the text.” (Danny Heitman The Christian Science Monitor)

“The father of sociobiology and one of the most prolific science writers of our time, Edward O. Wilson is back with a new book that explores a slice of wilderness in deepest Africa. . . . As usual, Wilson’s observations carry more weight than the descriptions of a simple naturalist. In A Window on Eternity, he invites us to glimpse ourselves in the mirror of one of Earth’s few remaining wildernesses.” (Bob Grant The Scientist)

"[Wilson is] The world's greatest living naturalist." (Justin Moyer The Washington Post)

“Wilson describes in language that is both poetic and scientific a kind of parable of what is possible in the realm of environmental protection. . . . By destroying the natural world, we are destroying ourselves. Our blindness to this reality is the most crucial and fundamental fact of the world today. A Window on Eternity brings this reality into focus in a lucid and disarmingly gentle manner. It is a fitting capstone to Wilson's exceptional career.” (David Edmund Moody The Huffington Post)

“A lyrical ode to biodiversity. . . . Wilson speaks with passion throughout. . . . This volume’s visual content [is] as remarkable as the stories.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Entomologist E.O. Wilson chronicles both the shifting ecology of Gorongosa after the war and how researchers are trying to repair the damage. . . . Naskrecki’s images are a delight, capturing the spirit of the recovering landscape and its animals, great and small. . . . Ultimately, the book is a cautionary tale about how human affairs are fundamentally entangled with the natural world.” (Allison Bohac Science News)

“Wilson specializes in ants, and his explanations about the importance of insect relationships and biodiversity in Gorongosa are charming and accessible—no jargon, just joy.” (Associated Press)

“The famed biologist still gets giddy as a schoolboy when he encounters ants that can consume a live python, or describe how to hypnotize a dragonfly. Wilson waxes poetic about the marvel of the park's well-balanced ecosystems, but changes his tone in the final chapter: a condemnation of humanity trampling en route to what he calls the Eremocene, or Age of Loneliness.” (Discover)

“The rebirth of a premier nature reserve in Mozambique, recounted in a gentle storytelling style by noted Harvard entomologist Wilson. . . . A big story about a small place with an ageless appreciation and discernment it would be criminal to ignore.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Har/DVD edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476747415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476747415
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A Window on Eternity describes the restoration of an important environmental reserve in Africa. Located in the country of Mozambique, the reserve is now called the Gorongosa National Park. The restoration detailed in the book is mind blowing. We learn that during the years 1980-1992, Mozambique was the site of a vicious civil war with human victims numbering in the millions. But humans were not the only victims. Almost all of the larger animals in Gorongosa National Park were killed. This is where most nature shows, documentaries or books would stop. They detail the destruction then leave you to say "what a shame." Not this book. And herein lies the magic of A Window on Eternity. After the war, we learn about the amazing people who work to restore the original wildlife and incredible web of species back to the park.

In our dying world, filled with human overpopulation and environmental destruction everywhere we look, it is easy to feel like trying to preserve the natural world is fighting a losing battle. This book tells us otherwise. It gives us hope by showing us a concrete example of environmental success. It reminds us what is possible. It shows us that we still have a chance to save our planet. It's not too late. Gorongosa is a shining of example of what happens when humans get it right.
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My son is reading this book and is once again in awe of E. O. Wilson and Piotr Naskrecki. He pauses now and then and sighs. "Their wisdom is so profound."
Everyone should read this book and pause. I too have looked at it and can not help but pause.
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The ebook is WONDERFUL! I was unaware of the existence of this national park in Mozambique until I saw E.O. Wilson interviewed recently. It is very encouraging to know that such a place exists and is being cared for so diligently. The short video on the young man of the village, a scientist in the making, is excellent and together with the book by Wilson it gives encouragement to those who are concerned about our planet's future. Highly recommended!
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Beautiful and insightful look at nature from an extraordinarily gifted and mature scientist. I have been to Mozambique several times, which heightened my interest and understanding. Regretfully, my visits have not included Gorongosa, but I intend to remedy that. The book is a visual treat, with copious, amazing photos. Wilson exhibits great wisdom coming from an illustrious career. On a human scale, he shares deeply about his engagement with this unique venture in rehabilitation of a war devastated nature reserve, and about the future of life on earth.
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This book is a beacon of hope, an example of what humanity can do if it wishes species to survive in their diversity. Gorongosa was a war torn park, species were reduced from hundreds to sometimes single digits. An entrepreneur, Gregory C Carr, along with E O Wilson to open a biodiversity research center there, has re-established the mega fauna to almost its original state. As habitat loss and poaching decrease wild animal populations world wide, this book is a positive note on what one species can do to open the window on eternity for itself and many others.
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This book is really designed to be read/watched on a tablet/kindle/ipad type device, or on a PC. I was planning on buying copies of the book for friends, until I neared the end and watched the video about the park, a young worker and E.O. Wilson. Giving the book without the video would feel incomplete. E.O. Wilson is the most gentle and persuasive biologist/environmentalist i have ever read. The photography is incredible.
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Edward O. Wilson may well be the pre-eminent ecologist of our time. This book (his 28th), informed by his long experience in ecological field work, presents a vital message: only by preserving the immense biodiversity now existing on our planet will we assure our own long-term survival.

The message is framed in local terms: Gorongosa National Park, established with the help of American businessman Greg Carr after a civil war and commercial poaching in Mozambique had driven most of the area's large animals to the point of extinction, is well on the road to recovery. It remains one of the richest enclaves of biodiversity on the planet, and provides benefits to humans, not least of which is carefully managed tourism.

To summarize his view, he advocates the preservation of large tracts of protected wilderness alongside our cities and industrial zones. He writes on page 141, "By thus maintaining two parallel worlds on the planet, humanity will ensure the survival and continued advance of the rest of life, and of ourselves."

Dr. Wilson's lyrical writing, supplemented by more than 56 color photographs, conveys his message brilliantly. This is not a book for those who seek deep knowledge of ecology. As an overview for the general public, however, it is hard to surpass. I consider it a must-read.
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In a remote corner of the African savanna, two mighty Kingdoms exist in a perpetual state of war. The balance of power is near absolute and the struggle has been going on for millennia. One Kingdom; peaceful agriculturist tending their crops of fungi and safe in their "fortress of solitude". Content with their King and Queen, they never leave the confines of their nest except when it's time for new Princes' and Princess' to venture forth and establish kingdoms of their own. They want for nothing and desire only to be left alone. The other Kingdom is a horde of savage warriors who scour the land for conquest and grant no quarter for their victims. It's an epic story of a timeless struggle, worthy of ancient Egypt or Mesoamerica but played out on a miniature scale and with Darwinian simplicity. The players in this mini-drama are termites and driver-ants and who better than Edward O Wilson to guide you through their domain. One of the worlds leading scientist, Wilson is a biologist by trade, specializing in ants. For the past 4 or 5 decades he has published numerous books for both the professional and the lay-reader and A Window on Eternity is his latest entry. Rather than a single issue volume this book is really a series of essays relating to the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. After Mozambique won its independence in the late '70s it suffered through years of civil war that impacted the cities and rural areas as well as the people that lived there. Buy it wasn't only the human world that felt the impact of war. The natural world, wildlife and the environment, as well came under threat, especially Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park.Read more ›
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