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

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

by David Quammen

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"Rich detail and vivid anecdotes of adventure....A treasure trove of exotic fact and hard thinking." —New York Times Book Review

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 and The Tangled Tree 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393076301
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 136,378
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored with the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an award in the art of the essay from PEN, and (three times) the National Magazine Award. Quammen is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Table of Contents

I.The Food Chain of Power and Glory1
II.Once There Were Lions17
III.The Muskrat Conundrum77
IV.Leviathan with a Hook125
V.Shadow of the Nine-Toed Bear209
VI.The Teeth and the Meat301
VIII.Science Fiction Ending399
Source Notes439

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Erudite, witty, and utterly fascinating...sets a new standard in nature writing.

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Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MatthewKarns17815 More than 1 year ago
This book is part natural history, part cultural history. part travelogue, but all of it is very well written and endlessly fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend for anyone, but especially those interested in nature and wildlife. Well-researched and good story telling.
varielle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an overview of the history, biology, man's psychology in relation to and the current state of maneaters today. It's suitable for laymen to grasp the finer points of what co-existing with animals that might eat you has meant for mankind and unfortunately for the animals involved. The finer points of tagging and wildlife management are likely to be tedious to the non-specialist, but Quammen does keep those sections short. The mythology that mankind has developed over many millenia in relation to our co-existance with these monsters of god was particularly compelling. This book may turn the reader into an environmentalist, if not one already.
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