Mega Dose
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 17, 2014

Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?



My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$5.25
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Local Warehouse Nature Studies- Mammals

Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind

by

Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind Cover

ISBN13: 9780393051407
ISBN10: 0393051404
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 2 left in stock at $5.25!

 

Review-A-Day

"To find yourself on someone else's dinner plate is profoundly humbling. For David Quammen this edibility is an important psychological condition. The knowledge that, potentially, we were prey, has been a check on our pride, and, argues Quammen, a key to our sense of belonging to a larger entity which is all life on earth. So what will happen to us when the monsters have gone? David Quammen suggests that by the year 2150 our human population will have stabilized at 11 billion, and that all alpha predators will be behind bars, fences or plate glass. This book examines that which we are about to lose — not the species so much as the states of mind." Stephen Mills, The Times Literary Supplement (read the entire Times Literary Supplement review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The beasts that have always ruled our jungles and our nightmares are dying. What will become of us without them? For millennia, lions, tigers, and their man-eating kin have kept our dark, scary forests dark and scary, and their predatory majesty has been the stuff of folklore. But by the year 2150 big predators may only exist on the other side of glass barriers and chain-link fences. Their gradual disappearance is changing the very nature of our existence. We no longer occupy an intermediate position on the food chain; instead we survey it invulnerably from above—so far above that we are in danger of forgetting that we even belong to an ecosystem. Casting his expert eye over the rapidly diminishing areas of wilderness where predators still reign, the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo examines the fate of lions in India's Gir forest, of saltwater crocodiles in northern Australia, of brown bears in the mountains of Romania, and of Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East. In the poignant and troublesome ferocity of these embattled creatures, we recognize something primeval deep within us, something in danger of vanishing forever. 8 maps.

Review:

"Erudite, witty, and utterly fascinating...sets a new standard in nature writing." T. Coraghessan Boyle

Review:

"The crisp reportorial immediacy and sobering analysis make for a book that is as powerful and frightening as the animals it chronicles." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Rich with personal stories that clarify humanity's true place in the universe, this book will leave the reader eager for more.... This has all the makings of a science book of the year." Library Journal

Review:

"Another good and provocative work from Quammen, sure to engage past admirers and earn new ones." Kirkus Reviews

Book News Annotation:

Natural history and fiction writer Quammen explores the psychological, mythic, and spiritual dimensions of the relationship between one flesh-eating animal and one human victim. He believes that relationship has played a crucial role in shaping the way people construe their place in the natural world. His sojourn ranges from old literature such as Beowulf and Gilgamesh, to the movie Alien Resurrection.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Exploring the areas of wilderness where predators still reign, this title examines how their gradual disappearance is changing the nature of our existence. We no longer occupy an intermediate position on the food chain, in fact we are in danger of forgetting that we even belong to an ecosystem.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 451-479) and index.

About the Author

Recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, David Quammen is the author of five acclaimed natural history titles.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Adam Burke, January 14, 2010 (view all comments by Adam Burke)
This book is the alpha predator of books on predation...
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 3 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393051407
Subtitle:
The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind
Author:
Quammen, David
Author:
Quammen, David
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Endangered species
Subject:
Predatory animals
Subject:
Dangerous animals
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - Endangered Species
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.55x6.50x1.68 in. 1.99 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Reptiles and Amphibians of the... New Trade Paper $29.95
  2. Of Moths & Men Used Hardcover $1.00
  3. For Love of Insects Used Hardcover $14.95
  4. Smithsonian Earth Used Hardcover $23.00
  5. Moon by Whale Light: And Other... Used Trade Paper $5.50
  6. Snakes Used Hardcover $39.00

Related Subjects


Featured Titles » Science
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Mammals » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Natural History » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Zoology

Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.25 In Stock
Product details 384 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393051407 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "To find yourself on someone else's dinner plate is profoundly humbling. For David Quammen this edibility is an important psychological condition. The knowledge that, potentially, we were prey, has been a check on our pride, and, argues Quammen, a key to our sense of belonging to a larger entity which is all life on earth. So what will happen to us when the monsters have gone? David Quammen suggests that by the year 2150 our human population will have stabilized at 11 billion, and that all alpha predators will be behind bars, fences or plate glass. This book examines that which we are about to lose — not the species so much as the states of mind." (read the entire Times Literary Supplement review)
"Review" by , "Erudite, witty, and utterly fascinating...sets a new standard in nature writing."
"Review" by , "The crisp reportorial immediacy and sobering analysis make for a book that is as powerful and frightening as the animals it chronicles."
"Review" by , "Rich with personal stories that clarify humanity's true place in the universe, this book will leave the reader eager for more.... This has all the makings of a science book of the year."
"Review" by , "Another good and provocative work from Quammen, sure to engage past admirers and earn new ones."
"Synopsis" by , Exploring the areas of wilderness where predators still reign, this title examines how their gradual disappearance is changing the nature of our existence. We no longer occupy an intermediate position on the food chain, in fact we are in danger of forgetting that we even belong to an ecosystem.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 451-479) and index.
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.