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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

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Walking with the Great Apes

Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Biruté Galdikas

by Sy Montgomery

Foreword by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas


"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

"This is an exciting book. Montgomery provides an outstanding popularized synthesis of a long-term close-range study of large primates.... A splendid, well-written account that will draw in readers unfamiliar with the research projects as well as those who have been following them through the years."


"Fascinating.... Montgomery writes with a warm empathy for these innovators.... [A]rtfully braided."

Smithsonian magazine

"A spell-binding tribute... Few readers will be able to resist Montgomery's tale.... Montgomery's prose can be breathtaking."

San Francisco Examiner

"Most of us would not look back until we had left the jungles of Borneo far behind, but for Birute Galidkas, it was all in a day's work.... Her career and that of the other two 'ape ladies' Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey are reported in fascinating detail in this vividly written, provocative triple biography.... Montgomery's focus is on the extraordinary sense of kinship these women felt with the apes, apparently on an almost human level."

The Buffalo (NY) News

"A loving, deeply moving, often troubling book.... Highly recommended."

Library Journal

"Excellent...entertaining and instructive....Walking with the Great Apes is valuable for several reasons. It compares and contrasts the work of these primatologists. It introduces the reader to Birute Galdikas' work with Indonesian orangutans (which never received the interest given Goodall's chimps and Fossey's gorillas). And it makes us think about how women may be defining scientific research."

Glouster Times

"In her biographical portraits of these extraordinary female primatologists, the author rightly characterizes them as 'shamans' who entered the nations of these animals with compassion, humility, and awe.... Now we can respond by supporting efforts to conserve these great apes.... Great book. Call your friends."

Brussat's Book News

"A great novel usually contains fascinating characters, exciting stories and interesting places. When non-fiction meets the same standards, well it could be paradise--or 'the heart of darkness.' Walking with the Great Apes gives us some of both... in addition to stories of love and tragedy, the descriptions of Africa help create that all-encompassing world that we usually encounter in novels."

Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

"This is a book about how love--the power that moves us beyond us and our own self interest to form relationships with an 'other'--can transform lives and worlds.... Author Montgomery brings an admirable grace and kindness to her treatment of the three women's lives and work, affording them, in many ways, the same dignity and respect they offered to the animals they observed and card for so deeply.... It is worth reading simply as expert storytelling, animated by particular and passionate writing."

Cape Cod Times

"Clear, eloquent, classy, refreshing, utterly free of gossip and trivial detail that tend to tangle so many biographies of famous women, this is a marvelous book.... Montgomery is a wonderful writer, lively, accurate and kind.... Far more than a biography of the three women who have become known as 'the trimates,' this is a biography of their relationships with the animals."

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs

"This is a book I'm going to give to my niece for her fifteenth birthday as evidence of the wild. It is not only an accessible study of the work done by Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birtue Galdikas... but also a glimpse into the wilds of the human heart, specifically, the fierce devotion of women. Welcome to the world of the woman warrior."

Kathleen Norris, Hungry Mind Review

"A sensitive and revealing contribution to the legend of a unique scientific sisterhood."

Chicago Tribune

"Montgomery presents a triple biography entwining facts about their lives and studies with information on the apes they observed. Montgomery's own similar research approach lends depth to a revealing coverage of the scientists involved in ape study."

Midwest Book Review

"Just as Goodall, Fossey and Galdikas have given us entree into the world of the Great Apes, so Montgomery brings us to a deep and compassionate understanding of these three modern shamans, and to a recognition of the extraordinary way in which they have helped close the gap which yawns between us and the rest of animate creation."

Farley Mowat, author of Never Cry Wolf

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