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by Jonathan Maslow


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Jonathan Maslow here portrays thirteen scientists whom he calls "the luckiest men and women of all time"--the explorers who first mapped the tropical regions of the Americas and discovered the glorious biological orgy that is nature in the tropics. They were the first to color the chorus of tropical birds; the first to know the swiftness of the jaguar; the first to learn the loves of the orchid family and to collect the daunting variety of moths and butterflies and beetles; the first to run the rivers of the Amazon, to climb the Andes, and to dive the coral reefs of the Caribbean; and the first to unearth the ruins of America's pre-Columbian civilizations. "They were and are," Mr. Maslow writes, the Indiana Joneses of science, plunging ahead often recklessly on the path to discovery--and emerging with fabulous tales of scientific adventure...an antidote to the dismal late-twentieth-century image of bloodless scientists separated from nature. From Alexander von Humboldt to Daniel Janzen, Mr. Maslow invites you to tag along into the field as he follows the explorers on their voyages and expeditions, offering a companion guide to their discoveries and a context for their imaginative quests.

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In Footsteps in the Jungle, Jonathan Maslow recounts the exploits of thirteen of these scientists whom he calls "the luckiest men and women of all time" - the explorers who first mapped the tropical regions of the Americas and discovered the biological orgy that is nature in the tropics. They were the first to color the chorus of tropical birds; the first to know the swiftness of the jaguar; the first to learn the loves of the orchid family and to collect the daunting variety of moths and butterflies and beetles; the first to record the haunting settings of the equatorial sun; the first to run the rivers Amazon, to climb the Andes, and to dive the coral reefs of the Caribbean. Footsteps in the Jungle not only traces geographic adventures but is also a scientific and intellectual journey, from the myths of mermaids and superstitions about cannibals to Alexander von Humboldt's insights into biodiversity, Darwin's theory of natural selection, and our contemporary understanding of tropical ecology. Following in the footsteps of the great tropical explorer, it introduces a body of scientific literature with extraordinary literary value, and returns the reader back home with a new appreciation of present-day struggles to preserve tropical jungles and reefs from widespread destruction.

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  • Title Footsteps in the Jungle: Adventures in the Scientific Exploration of American Tropics
  • Author Jonathan Maslow
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 319
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Ivan R. Dee Publisher, Chicago
  • Date 1996
  • ISBN 9781566631372 / 1566631378
  • Weight 1.33 lbs (0.60 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.27 x 6.26 x 1.26 in (23.55 x 15.90 x 3.20 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects Natural history - Latin America, Naturalists - Latin America - Biography
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 96019161
  • Dewey Decimal Code B

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Citations

  • Kirkus Reviews, 08/15/1996, Page 1215
  • Library Journal, 08/01/1996, Page 0
  • Publishers Weekly, 08/12/1996, Page 70

About the author

Jonathan Maslow, a writer, naturalist, and filmmaker, has also written the widely praised Bird of Life, Bird of Death; Sacred Horses; and Torrid Zone. He lives in Cape May County, New Jersey.
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