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Of Wolves and Men


Of Wolves and Men

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    Barry Lopez(Author)
Originally published in 1978, this classic exploration of humanity's complex relationship with and understanding of wolves returns with a new afterword by the author. Humankind's relationship with the wolf is based on a spectrum of responses running from fear to admiration and affection. Lopez's classic, careful study won praise from a wide range of reviewers and went on to improve the way books about wild animals are written. Of Wolves and Men reveals the uneasy interaction between wolves and civilization over the centuries, and the wolf's prominence in our thoughts about wild creatures. Drawing on an astonishing array of literature, history, science, and mythology as well as considerable personal experience with captive and free-ranging wolves, Lopez argues for the necessity of the wolf's preservation and envelops the reader in its sensory world, creating a compelling picture of the wolf both as real animal and as imagined by man. A scientist might perceive the wolf as defined by research data, while an Eskimo hunter sees a family provider much like himself. For many Native Americans the wolf is also a spiritual symbol, a respected animal that can make both the individual and the community stronger. With irresistible charm and elegance, Of Wolves and Men celebrates scientific fieldwork, dispels folklore that has enabled the Western mind to demonize wolves, explains myths, and honors indigenous traditions, allowing us to further understand how this incredible animal has come to live so strongly in the human heart.

Edmund Fuller "Wall Street Journal" A splendid, beautiful book.Edmund Fuller

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  • PDF | 309 pages
  • Barry Lopez(Author)
  • Simon & Schuster; Rev Ed edition (1 Jun. 1979)
  • English
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  • By Guest on 3 June 2003

    I first found this book at a local library, and after reading it I proceeded to buy it.If you have even a passing interest in wolves, this is the book for you. It details the wolfs behaviour and biology in the first chapter, and goes on to describe the wolf through the eyes of the North American indigenous peoples, the american colonists, and the medieval mind. A fantastically well written account. I thought I knew wolves before I read this book, now I realise I still have a lot to learn.

  • By Ms. R. Fearnley on 22 May 2007

    This is just the most incredible book. it has taught me so much, not just about wolves, but about the ignorance of Western minds and how closed we are to our world. So much of it is so obvious that i found myself thinking "my God, Why didn't i see that?"This man is truly an enlightened individual. This book is a touching account of the wolf, the wolf's relationship with man, and how wrong the white man was in his brutal (and mostly unprovoked) extermination of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. I personally feel that everyone should read this book, if only to open their eyes to how much they don't know.

  • By Koriel Tannhauser on 18 June 2012

    This book was on my "wish list" for a very long time - probably 2-3 years when finally I've decided to buy it. And I'm glad I did. At this point, I'm not even sure how to start this review as this it is a very moving and heart-breaking, but at the same time very fascinating and informative book about wolves and their "relationship" with humans. It will partly shock you, partly make you wonder about "beauty" of those animals, and partly make you think of how life on Earth would look like if humanity would behave in a different, more respectful way towards the nature. Even though the book was published in 1979, nothing has changed since then - it is still a very valid material as it was back then, maybe even more so, as currently we seems to be disregarding nature and wrecking the planet in much more destructive way.In a small way, it will also help you to understand how this incredible animal has come to live so strongly in the human heart and at the same time how misunderstood it was (and still is). In fact, after all those years, reduced to a fraction of their former range (for me part 3 of the book is really heart breaking and distressing), it's amazing that wolves even still exist - and it would be shameful and irresponsible for us to let them go. This book is not only for people who are captivated with the life of wolves, but also for every animal lover and everybody who is even just a little bit interested in wonderful nature around us. And if you didn't know anything about them before picking up this book, you simply won't look at them in the same way as before after finishing reading it.The book has 4 parts, 14 chapters in total, about 300 pages, several photographs and illustrations (not a high quality and if you are looking for a book with high quality, glossy photographs of wolves - this is not a book for you), good bibliography and index.If you have to read just one book about wolves, make it this one - or at least start with this one. I can guarantee that you won't be regretting that choice. I know I don't.Side Note: If you would like to know more about those animals, I recommend Shaun Ellis books and movies. He is truly one of them.

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