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Africa in My Blood: An Autobiography in Letters: The Early Years
Africa in My Blood An Autobiography in Letters The Early Years Author:Jane Goodall 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... more » 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.« less
Jane Goodall has long been one of my role models, as a scientist and a human being. Her letters ("precious caches, the closest thing to perfect memory". -ed.)are interspersed with commentary that links them to stages in her life, from a young girl in 1942 to her first fieldwork in 1966. Here are Flo, Flint, Melissa, Hugo and all the other chimpanzees of "her" troupe. Great reading!