Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind

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"Rich detail and vivid anecdotes of adventure....A treasure trove of exotic fact and hard thinking."—The New York Times Book Review, front page For millennia, lions, tigers, and their man-eating kin have kept our dark, scary forests dark and scary, and their predatory majesty has been the stuff of folklore. But by the year 2150 big predators may only exist on the other side of glass barriers and chain-link fences. Their gradual disappearance is changing the very nature of our existence. We no longer occupy an intermediate position on the food chain; instead we survey it invulnerably from above—so far above that we are in danger of forgetting that we even belong to an ecosystem.

Casting his expert eye over the rapidly diminishing areas of wilderness where predators still reign, the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo examines the fate of lions in India's Gir forest, of saltwater crocodiles in northern Australia, of brown bears in the mountains of Romania, and of Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East. In the poignant and troublesome ferocity of these embattled creatures, we recognize something primeval deep within us, something in danger of vanishing forever.
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David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored with the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an award in the art of the essay from PEN, and (three times) the National Magazine Award. Quammen is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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From the host of the Travel Channel’s “The Wild Within.”

A hunt for the American buffalo—an adventurous, fascinating examination of an animal that has haunted the American imagination.
In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds—there’s only a 2 percent chance of drawing the permit, and fewer than 20 percent of those hunters are successful—Rinella managed to kill a buffalo on a snow-covered mountainside and then raft the meat back to civilization while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Throughout these adventures, Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years’ worth of buffalo hunters in North America, as well as the buffalo’s place in the American experience. At the time of the Revolutionary War, North America was home to approximately 40 million buffalo, the largest herd of big mammals on the planet, but by the mid-1890s only a few hundred remained. Now that the buffalo is on the verge of a dramatic ecological recovery across the West, Americans are faced with the challenge of how, and if, we can dare to share our land with a beast that is the embodiment of the American wilderness.

American Buffalo is a narrative tale of Rinella’s hunt. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity. Rinella takes us across the continent in search of the buffalo’s past, present, and future: to the Bering Land Bridge, where scientists search for buffalo bones amid artifacts of the New World’s earliest human inhabitants; to buffalo jumps where Native Americans once ran buffalo over cliffs by the thousands; to the Detroit Carbon works, a “bone charcoal” plant that made fortunes in the late 1800s by turning millions of tons of buffalo bones into bone meal, black dye, and fine china; and even to an abattoir turned fashion mecca in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, where a depressed buffalo named Black Diamond met his fate after serving as the model for the American nickel.

 Rinella’s erudition and exuberance, combined with his gift for storytelling, make him the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with a quirky blend of facts and observations about history, biology, and the natural world. Both a captivating narrative and a book of environmental and historical significance, American Buffalo tells us as much about ourselves as Americans as it does about the creature who perhaps best of all embodies the American ethos.
Aquí se cuenta la historia completa del virus del Ébola: su pasado, su presente y su futuro insondable.

¿Dónde se aloja el virus del Ébola? David Quammen busca la respuesta a esta pregunta y se propone descubrir la clave del origen de la enfermedad, así como las causas de su propagación.

Desde el primer brote registrado en el bosque del Congo en la década de los setenta, hasta el más reciente en el oeste de África, aquí se cuenta la historia completa del virus del Ébola: su pasado, su presente y su futuro insondable. A lo largo de estas páginas, el rigor científico se entremezcla con una narrativa aguda que muestra a la enfermedad en su dimensión real, estableciendo una distancia con la percepción limitada y muchas veces exagerada de los medios.

Los virus en general, y el del Ébola en particular, son una amenaza silenciosa e impredecible. Descubrir dónde está el virus, cuál es elanimal portador y cómo se transmite al hombre, motivó a David Quammen, bajo la guía de biólogos, inmunólogos, infectólogos y veterinarios, a emprender la búsqueda de la especie huésped, el eslabón perdido que ha provocado tanto pánico en la comunidad internacional.

La crítica ha dicho:

"El libro de David Quammen es profundamente inquietante, pero también es sensato, y en esa medida, destaca entre otros libros sobre el Ébola, los cuales se presentan como guías de terror o thrillers médicos." -Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Book Review-

"David Quammen no sólo es uno de los mejores escritores de ciencia, sino uno de los mejores escritores." -The New York Times-

"Una aterradora y fascinante obra maestra de investigación científica que se lee como una novela policiaca." -Walter Isaacson, autor de Steve Jobs-

"Un libro minucioso que explica todo lo que sabemos, y todo lo que no sabemos, sobre esta terrible enfermedad." -Wired-




u  美國科學作家協會(National Association of Science Writers)「社會科學新聞獎」(Science in Society Journalism Awards)

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