Africa in My Blood An Autobiography in Letters: the Early Years

ISBN-10: 0618127356

ISBN-13: 9780618127351

Edition: 2001

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Description: AFRICA IN MY BLOOD is an extraordinary self-portrait, in letters and commentary, of Jane Goodall's early years, from childhood to the landmark publication of IN THE SHADOW OF MAN. It reveals this remarkable woman more vividly and clearly than anything that has been published before, by her or about her. We see Goodall grow from a schoolgirl into the promising young candidate whom the legendary Louis Leakey sent to a wildlife preserve on the shores of Lake Tanganyika to undertake a revolutionary study of chimpanzees. At Gombe we see her immerse herself in the lives of wild animals as no one had done before. AFRICA IN MY BLOOD is a dramatic, moving, funny, and important book that tells the story of how an English girl who loved animals became one of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century.

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/22/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Jane Goodall, 1934 - Jane Goodall, a well-respected English zoologist, is famous for her fieldwork with chimpanzees in Africa. An early interest in African wild animals and the opportunity, at age 18, to stay on a friend's farm in Kenya, led her to Dr. Louis Leakey; then curator of the National Museum of Natural History in Nairobi. Almost immediately Leakey hired Goodall as his assistant secretary, and she was soon accompanying Leakey and his wife on their expeditions. Following Leakey's suggestion that a field study of some of the higher primates would be a major contribution to the understanding of animal behavior, she began studying the chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1960. Although she had no undergraduate degree, Goodall earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1965, based on her first five years of research at the Gombe Center. After more than 20 years of extensive study and direct contact with wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat, Goodall continues to research, teach, and write about primate behavior today.

Dale Peterson is also the author of "The Deluge & the Ark" & "Storyville" & is the coauthor with Jane Goodall of "Visions of Caliban" & with Richard Wrangham of "Demonic Males". He resides in Arlington, Massachusetts.

List of Correspondents
Introduction
Childhood, 1942-1952
Transitions, 1952-1957
Kenya Colony, 1957-1958
Waiting, 1959-1960
First Discoveries, 1960-1961
Photographing Gombe, 1961-1962
Close Observations, 1963
Marriage and Return, 1964
Bananas and Babies, 1964
Coming of Age, 1965-1966
Illustration Credits
Index
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