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Woman in the Mists: The Story of Dian Fossey and the Mountain Gorillas of Africa Paperback – November 1, 1988
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"A MASTERFULLY ORCHESTRATED CHRONICLE...DIAN FOSSEY AND FARLEY MOWAT ARE PERFECTLY MATCHED...THE BOOK THEY CREATED TOGETHER SHOULD BE SAVORED". -- San Francisco Chronicle
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Now, one of the world's most respected naturalist writers draws for the first time ever on Dian Fossey's personal writings to reveal the true story of a magnificent obsession...one woman's enormous empathy for a highly intelligent, desperately endangered animal -- and how it ruled her life, her work, and her heart.
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But her work and her happiness were plagued by male academics and agents of philanthropic organizations who got caught up in a web of calumny and distrust motivated by primatologists who were seriously bent out of shape by her abrasiveness and who felt they could avenge themselves by vilifying her, possibly abetted by society's undercurrent of misogyny. Had there been no vilification, she may never have been killed, as her fatal enemy, probably an African, no doubt took strength from knowing how much she was hated by, for example, the American and European agents of the Mountain Gorilla Project.Read more ›
Throughout her eighteen years at Karisoke, Fossey studied organized groups of gorillas to whom she became so familiar that they would even touch her. As fierce and protective of her own "turf" as a silverback, however, she refused to bend to the exigencies of the political climate and funding requirements and made innumerable enemies. When local herdsmen exerted their age-old rights to graze cattle on "her" mountain, Fossey shot the cattle. When poachers hurt her gorillas, she pursued them, even kidnapping the four-year-old son of one of them to force his surrender. When students at her own Center disagreed with her, she could be brutal.
Fossey also fought local officials, park guards, and conservators who took bribes and staged events in order to protect their payoffs. She battled conservation organizations which wanted to get her funds, rival researchers who wanted to take over her project, and governmental officials who saw tourism in the park as a source of wealth and graft. Always fighting with ferocity, she made no effort to see another point of view or compromise.Read more ›
When reviewing anyone's work and passion there are many facets to the story. The love, passion and dedication Dian had for the mountain gorillas was wonderfully illustrated. I had many encounters with her beloved Digit and Dian took several pictures of Digit and me sitting side by side. Most cannot even imagine the emotional devastation and impact this had on Dian. Dian knew the gorillas and they knew her as almost one of their own and this is very evident in Mr. Mowatt's writing.
What I particularly liked was Mr. Mowatt's portrayal of Dian's perception of her life, work, colleagues, enemies, etc. It gave an insight into Dian's thoughts and feelings that even those who worked with her could only guess at. We get to see the world of Dian Fossey as viewed through the mind and eyes of Dian herself.
To say Dian was a troubled person at times is an understatement. Mr. Mowatt did focus on some of this but the intent of his book is to portray her life's work with mountain gorillas and not delve into her many personal demons. There are other books and articles that address this.
What I most appreciated is that even having personally known Dian I was able to get to know more of the whole Dian, the parts that came before and after I knew her. It gave me a better perspective on her life and made my memories even more memorable.
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What a controversial woman she was!!
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Dian Fossey gave up her life to follow her passion: she went to the high-altitude volcano country deep in Africa to study gorillas. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Sandra
I had read this book earlier in my life and loved it so purchased the paperback edition for a gift. It looks as if the publisher ran the original book through a copy machine--my... Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Robert L. Stevenson
A fine biography mixing some of Fossey's own notes with observations of others plus some interviews. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Barry Frank
I've kept on different things, movies, articles , write-ups, etc. about Diana Flossey. This is a book you need to read. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Jim
Read this book, and you will feel like you know the real Dian Fossey. Personal letters, journal entries all give insight to her life as a living, breathing human being who had many... Read morePublished on April 17, 2000 by RM
This Book contains the interisting life of Dian Fossey from her bith to her dearhPublished on March 21, 1999