The Tree Where Man Was Born

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Penguin, Aug 31, 2010 - Nature - 304 pages
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A timeless and majestic portrait of Africa by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise

A finalist for the National Book Award when it was released in 1972, this vivid portrait of East Africa remains as fresh and revelatory now as on the day it was first published. Peter Matthiessen exquisitely combines nature and travel writing to portray the sights, scenes, and people he observed firsthand in several trips over the course of a dozen years. From the daily lives of wild herdsmen and the drama of predator kills to the field biologists investigating wild creatures and the anthropologists seeking humanity's origins in the rift valley, The Tree Where Man Was Born is a classic of journalistic observation. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by groundbreaking British primatologist Jane Goodall.

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The Tree Where Man Was Born (Penguin Classics)

User Review  - Mike Rogers - Book Verdict

A National Book Award finalist upon its initial release in 1972, this work chronicles several of Matthiessen's trips throughout East Africa. Using a part natural history, part travelog format, he ... Read full review

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User Review  - paulsikora - LibraryThing

This is two books in one volume: Eliot Porter's world class photography of East Africa, and Peter Matthiessen's world class writing of East Africa. Neither illustrates the other. Each is superb. Read full review


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Peter Matthiessen was the cofounder of The Paris Review and is the author of numerous works of nonfiction, including In the Spirit of Crazy HorseIndian Country, and The Snow Leopard, winner of the National Book Award.

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