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Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific

Tim Flannery.
Publisher Atlantic Monthly  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780802120403
Pages/Publication Date 246/2011
Daedalus Item Code 42783
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The author of Here on Earth and The Weather Makers, Australian explorer and conservationist Tim Flannery is one of the world's most influential scientists, credited with discovering more new species than even Darwin, and in 2011 he was appointed head of the Climate Change Commission. Here Flannery recounts a series of expeditions made early in his career, starting in 1987, seeking rare and undiscovered mammal species on the remote islands of the South Pacific. He regales us with stories of wrestling deadly snakes, plunging into hills of bat guano, meeting would-be dictators, and attempting delicate specimen preparations while being pressed in on by curious, completely naked young women.

"Flannery cements his reputation as a true descendant of the great 19th-century naturalists and explorers with this look back at his expeditions to southwest Pacific islands.... Flannery's prose is electric, aptly combining history, politics, and wide-eyed excitement as he recalls these experiences. He offers plenty of discussion about cannibalism, colonialism, and the ongoing struggles to balance tradition and modernization as he describes places few readers will have heard of, let alone visited. Among the Islands exemplifies the sort of writing that once was commonplace, when adventure meant contributing to our knowledge of the world. Absolutely fantastic in every sense of the word."—Booklist (starred review)

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