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The Snake Charmer: A Life and Death in Pursuit of Knowledge

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Publisher Comments:

"Absolutely riveting. This sensitive, fascinating exploration of a scientist's quest for knowledge deepens with relentless suspense into a classic tale of a man's fight for survival in the wilderness."

--Linda Greenlaw, author of The Hungry Ocean

"Absorbing, stylishly written account of the life and career of a celebrated young herpetologist . . . an exquisitely crafted book that will grab even those who have no interest in snakes."

--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A dramatic and moving story, told by an author who clearly understands that his subject is not simply about a man's cruel and ironic death but also about his life, his spirit, and his dreams."

--Booklist

"This book will astonish and delight anyone who believes that the great age of biological collecting is over."

--Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

In the fall of 2001, deep in the jungle of Burma, a team of scientists searches for rare snakes.

They are led by Dr. Joe Slowinski, at 38 already one of the most brilliant biologists of our time. It is the most ambitious scientific expedition ever mounted into this remote region, brought to a dramatic halt by the bite of the many-banded krait, the deadliest serpent in Asia. Thus begins one of the most remarkable wilderness rescue attempts of modern times.

In The Snake Charmer, renowned journalist and author Jamie James captures the life and death of the fascinating and charismatic Joe Slowinski--a man whose career was fast and exciting, and whose tragic final expedition became a pulse-pounding struggle between man and nature.

Synopsis:

On September 11, 2001, while exploring a Burmese jungle, Dr. Joe Slowinski was bitten by a krait, one of the most poisonous snakes in the world. This narrative nonfiction details Slowinski's entire life as an expert on poisonous snakes and the expedition that cost him his life.

Synopsis:

In the fall of 2001, deep in the jungle of Burma, a team of scientists searches for rare snakes.

They are led by Dr. Joe Slowinski, at 38 already one of the most brilliant biologists of our time. It is the most ambitious scientific expedition ever mounted into this remote region, brought to a dramatic halt by the bite of the many-banded krait, the deadliest serpent in Asia. Thus begins one of the most remarkable wilderness rescue attempts of modern times. In The Snake Charmer, renowned journalist and author Jamie James captures the life and death of the fascinating and charismatic Joe Slowinski--a man whose career was fast and exciting, and whose tragic final expedition became a pulse-pounding struggle between man and nature.

Synopsis:

On September 11th, 2001 while exploring a Burmese jungle, Dr. Joe Slowinski was bitten by a krait, one of the most poisonous snakes in the world.& nbsp; His colleagues kept him alive for 26 hours with mouth-to-mouth respiration, waiting for medical help that would never come because of the global disruption caused by the attacks in America.& nbsp; This is narrative nonfiction in the great tradition of Into the Wild and The Perfect Storm, detailing Slowinski??'s entire life as an expert on poisonous snakes, structured around the dramatic story of his last expedition in the jungles of Burma.& nbsp; It will include first-person sources including Slowinski??'s colleagues and members of his family as well as material on snakes, the jungle, science and exploration, and Slowinski??'s own personality and passions.& nbsp; The first part of the book is organized by species of snake, and how each snake affected Slowinski's life.& nbsp; The book's second part covers Slowinski's final expedition into the deep jungle, the expedition that cost him his life.

About the Author

Jamie James is the author of eight books, including Music of the Spheres, Other Origins, and Eccentrics: A Study in Sanity and Strangeness. He has lived in Indonesia since 1999, where he continues to write for top American newspapers and magazines, including the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Conde Nast Traveler, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401309954
Author:
James, Jamie
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Reptiles & Amphibians
Copyright:
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1875 in 12.4 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , On September 11, 2001, while exploring a Burmese jungle, Dr. Joe Slowinski was bitten by a krait, one of the most poisonous snakes in the world. This narrative nonfiction details Slowinski's entire life as an expert on poisonous snakes and the expedition that cost him his life.
"Synopsis" by , In the fall of 2001, deep in the jungle of Burma, a team of scientists searches for rare snakes.

They are led by Dr. Joe Slowinski, at 38 already one of the most brilliant biologists of our time. It is the most ambitious scientific expedition ever mounted into this remote region, brought to a dramatic halt by the bite of the many-banded krait, the deadliest serpent in Asia. Thus begins one of the most remarkable wilderness rescue attempts of modern times. In The Snake Charmer, renowned journalist and author Jamie James captures the life and death of the fascinating and charismatic Joe Slowinski--a man whose career was fast and exciting, and whose tragic final expedition became a pulse-pounding struggle between man and nature.
"Synopsis" by , On September 11th, 2001 while exploring a Burmese jungle, Dr. Joe Slowinski was bitten by a krait, one of the most poisonous snakes in the world.& nbsp; His colleagues kept him alive for 26 hours with mouth-to-mouth respiration, waiting for medical help that would never come because of the global disruption caused by the attacks in America.& nbsp; This is narrative nonfiction in the great tradition of Into the Wild and The Perfect Storm, detailing Slowinski??'s entire life as an expert on poisonous snakes, structured around the dramatic story of his last expedition in the jungles of Burma.& nbsp; It will include first-person sources including Slowinski??'s colleagues and members of his family as well as material on snakes, the jungle, science and exploration, and Slowinski??'s own personality and passions.& nbsp; The first part of the book is organized by species of snake, and how each snake affected Slowinski's life.& nbsp; The book's second part covers Slowinski's final expedition into the deep jungle, the expedition that cost him his life.
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