ISBN: 9781603580625 Year Added to Catalog: 2008 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: Color photo insert Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Number of Pages: 264 Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Release Date: July 14, 2009 Web Product ID: 450
"Full of fascinating issues... Sy Montgomery explains the immense complexity of these women's science, the difficulties of observing shy creatures and the many subtle techniques by which this has been managed. Most important, she fends off the stock criticism that there must be something wrong with women who spend so much time with apes and demonstrates the arbitrariness of the nation that only humans are worth knowing.... This is a fascinating, shrewd, sensitive, thought-provoking book."
—The New York Times Book Review
Three astounding women scientists have in recent years penetrated the jungles of Africa and Borneo to observe, nurture, and defend humanity’s closest cousins. Jane Goodall has worked with the chimpanzees of Gombe for nearly 50 years; Dian Fossey died in 1985 defending the mountain gorillas of Rwanda; and Biruté Galdikas lives in intimate proximity to the orangutans of Borneo. All three began their work as protégées of the great Anglo-African archeologist Louis Leakey, and each spent years in the field, allowing the apes to become their familiars—and ultimately waging battles to save them from extinction in the wild.
Their combined accomplishments have been mind-blowing, as Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas forever changed how we think of our closest evolutionary relatives, of ourselves, and of how to conduct good science. From the personal to the primate, Sy Montgomery explores the science, wisdom, and living experience of three of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century.
About the Author
"Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson,"
as the Boston Globe describes her,
Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, documentary
scriptwriter, and radio commentator
who has traveled to some of the world's most
remote wildernesses for her work. She has
worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes
in Manitoba, been hunted by a tiger in India,
swum with pink dolphins in the Amazon, and
been undressed by an orangutan in Borneo.
She is the author of 13 award-winning books,
including her national best-selling memoir, The
Good Good Pig. Montgomery lives in
Hancock, New Hampshire.