Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



Today, we wonder anxiously if digital media is changing our brains. But if there's any time in history when our mental operations changed... Continue »
  1. $18.89 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$13.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside - Bldg. 2 Nature Studies- Wild Canines

Vicious: Wolves and Men in America

by

Vicious: Wolves and Men in America Cover

 

Review-A-Day

"This is a sick-making book....[It] seeks to fathom the 300-year history of limitless sadism that attended wolves' extermination.....The terrible truth (obvious in the photographs of the broken and mutilated victims in this book), the only explanation for the history Coleman records, is that given half a chance, too many men will behave viciously." Benjamin Schwarz, the Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Alantic Monthly review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Over a continent and three centuries, American livestock owners destroyed wolves to protect the beasts that supplied them with food, clothing, mobility, and wealth. The brutality of the campaign soon exceeded wolves' misdeeds. Wolves menaced property, not people, but storytellers often depicted the animals as ravenous threats to human safety. Subjects of nightmares and legends, wolves fell prey not only to Americans' thirst for land and resources but also to their deeper anxieties about the untamed frontier. Now Americans study and protect wolves and jail hunters who shoot them without authorization. Wolves have become the poster beasts of the great American wilderness, and the federal government has paid millions of dollars to reintroduce them to scenic habitats like Yellowstone National Park. Why did Americans hate wolves for centuries? And, given the ferocity of this loathing, why are Americans now so protective of the animals?

In this ambitious history of wolves in America — and of the humans who have hated and then loved them — Jon Coleman investigates a fraught relationship between two species and uncovers striking similarities, deadly differences, and, all too frequently, tragic mis-understanding.

Review:

"This is a bold, smart, and original book, written with verve and imagination. Far more than a history of wolves in America, it is a meditation on the meanings of time, history, and culture, and an inquiry into the nature of cruelty and hatred." Andrew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, Miami University

Review:

"A fascinating book which draws on historical, biological and cultural insights in a penetrating analysis of how Americans have interacted with a major predator. Coleman?s approach allows us to understand fully why we eliminated wolves from the United States, and why recent debates over wolf reintroduction have been so heated." Robert Keiter, author of Keeping Faith with Nature and The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Review:

"A fabulous book. Coleman is a witty, incisive writer who has unearthed a new history for American?s hate-love relationship with wolves. This is a work of exceptional ambition at the cutting edge of environmental history." Louis Warren, author of Hunter?s Game, and W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History, Univ. of California, Davis

Review:

"This is a remarkably well-written, provocative and insightful work of history on a timely and important topic." Alan Taylor, University of California at Davis

Synopsis:

Why did Americans hate wolves for centuries? And, given the ferocity of this loathing, why are Americans now so protective of the animals? In this provocative history of wolves in America—and of the humans who have hated and loved them—Jon Coleman investigates the sometimes violent and always controversial relationship between the two species.

"With lively prose and copious detail (Coleman) deftly weaves together the histories of settler and lupine societies. . . . Provocative, scholarly, scholarly, and readable."—Karen R. Jones, Journal of American History

"Thoughtfully conceived, insightful, and well written, Vicious is a wicked good read."—Andrew Kirk, Montana: The Magazine of Western History

Synopsis:

In this ambitious history of wolves in America, and of the humans who have hated and then loved them, Coleman investigates a fraught relationship between the two species and uncovers a tragic misunderstanding. 3 maps, 5 graphs, 16 halftones.

About the Author

Jon T. Coleman teaches history at the University of Notre Dame.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300103908
Subtitle:
Wolves and Men in America
Author:
Coleman, Jon T
Author:
Coleman, Jon T.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Wolves
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Gray wolf - United States - History
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
The Lamar Series in Western History
Series Volume:
no. 2
Publication Date:
20061115
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 maps, 5 graphs, + 16 halftone illus.
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.3 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Affluent Society Used Mass Market $2.95
  2. Geophysical Framework of India,... New Hardcover $127.25
  3. Forest for the Trees (04 Edition) Used Hardcover $17.00
  4. Kinship, Contract, Community, and... Used Trade Paper $21.50
  5. Hegemony or Survival: America's...
    Used Trade Paper $5.95

Related Subjects


Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Mammals » Wild Canines

Vicious: Wolves and Men in America Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$13.95 In Stock
Product details 288 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300103908 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "This is a sick-making book....[It] seeks to fathom the 300-year history of limitless sadism that attended wolves' extermination.....The terrible truth (obvious in the photographs of the broken and mutilated victims in this book), the only explanation for the history Coleman records, is that given half a chance, too many men will behave viciously." (read the entire Alantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "This is a bold, smart, and original book, written with verve and imagination. Far more than a history of wolves in America, it is a meditation on the meanings of time, history, and culture, and an inquiry into the nature of cruelty and hatred."
"Review" by , "A fascinating book which draws on historical, biological and cultural insights in a penetrating analysis of how Americans have interacted with a major predator. Coleman?s approach allows us to understand fully why we eliminated wolves from the United States, and why recent debates over wolf reintroduction have been so heated."
"Review" by , "A fabulous book. Coleman is a witty, incisive writer who has unearthed a new history for American?s hate-love relationship with wolves. This is a work of exceptional ambition at the cutting edge of environmental history." Louis Warren, author of Hunter?s Game, and W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History, Univ. of California, Davis
"Review" by , "This is a remarkably well-written, provocative and insightful work of history on a timely and important topic."
"Synopsis" by ,
Why did Americans hate wolves for centuries? And, given the ferocity of this loathing, why are Americans now so protective of the animals? In this provocative history of wolves in America—and of the humans who have hated and loved them—Jon Coleman investigates the sometimes violent and always controversial relationship between the two species.

"With lively prose and copious detail (Coleman) deftly weaves together the histories of settler and lupine societies. . . . Provocative, scholarly, scholarly, and readable."—Karen R. Jones, Journal of American History

"Thoughtfully conceived, insightful, and well written, Vicious is a wicked good read."—Andrew Kirk, Montana: The Magazine of Western History

"Synopsis" by , In this ambitious history of wolves in America, and of the humans who have hated and then loved them, Coleman investigates a fraught relationship between the two species and uncovers a tragic misunderstanding. 3 maps, 5 graphs, 16 halftones.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.