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If geologist, adventurer, and risk-prone eccentric John Lane can prove the existence of the elusive tree kangaroo on the remote Pacific island of New Britain, he just might be able to save one of the last truly wild endangered forests on earth. But first he and his ragtag expedition party—college students, adventure-seeking biologists, disinterested local teenagers—will have to find the rare animal. Award-winning journalist Matthew Power plunges into one of the world’s most forebiding jungles alongside Lane. It ...
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Island of Secrets

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Overview

If geologist, adventurer, and risk-prone eccentric John Lane can prove the existence of the elusive tree kangaroo on the remote Pacific island of New Britain, he just might be able to save one of the last truly wild endangered forests on earth. But first he and his ragtag expedition party—college students, adventure-seeking biologists, disinterested local teenagers—will have to find the rare animal. Award-winning journalist Matthew Power plunges into one of the world’s most forebiding jungles alongside Lane. It is a quest that’s equal parts noble, dangerous, and wacky, in a place that’s truly off the map.

Praise for Island of Secrets:
“In this wonderful piece of modern reportage, tree kangaroos, ‘wicked’ self-inflicted machete wounds, shot-down WW II pilots, conservation, and eyeball-sucking leeches all converge in one beautiful, terrifying, largely unexplored place. That it took Matthew Power—one of our most hilariously indomitable travel writers—to bring back this story will surprise no one.” —Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives and Chasing the Sea

“In this wonderful piece of modern reportage, tree kangaroos, ‘wicked’ self-inflicted machete wounds, shot-down WW II pilots, conservation, and eyeball-sucking leeches all converge in one beautiful, terrifying, largely unexplored place. That it took Matthew Power—one of our most hilariously indomitable travel writers—to bring back this story will surprise no one.” —Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives and Chasing the Sea
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013472235
  • Publisher: The Atavist
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Matthew Power’s travels have taken him to 60 countries and all 50 states. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, GQ, Men’s Journal, Outside, Granta, Slate, and elsewhere. He was included in Best American Travel Writing in 2007, 2009, and 2010, and Best American Nonrequired Reading in 2009. He grew up in Vermont and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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