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Of Wolves and Men [Paperback]

Barry Lopez
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1 Sep 1979
Originally published in 1978, this special twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the National Book Award finalist includes an entirely new afterword in which the author considers the current state of knowledge about wolves and recent efforts to reintroduce wolves to their former habitats in American wilderness areas. Humankind's relationship with the wolf is based on a spectrum of responses running from fear to admiration and affection. Lopez's classic, careful study won praise from a wide range of reviewers and went on to improve the way books about wild animals are written. Of Wolves and Men reveals the uneasy interaction between wolves and civilization over the centuries, and the wolf's prominence in our thoughts about wild creatures. Drawing on an astonishing array of literature, history, science, and mythology as well as considerable personal experience with captive and free-ranging wolves, Lopez argues for the necessity of the wolf's preservation and envelops the reader in its sensory world, creating a compelling picture of the wolf both as real animal and as imagined by man. A scientist might perceive the wolf as defined by research data, while an Eskimo hunter sees a family provider much like himself. For many Native Americans the wolf is also a spiritual symbol, a respected animal that can make both the individual and the community stronger. With irresistible charm and elegance, Of Wolves and Men celebrates scientific fieldwork, dispels folklore that has enabled the Western mind to demonize wolves, explains myths, and honors indigenous traditions, allowing us to further understand how this incredible animal has come to live so strongly in the human heart.

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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Revised edition edition (1 Sep 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684163225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684163222
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bayard Webster "New Fork Times Book Review" Fascinating....His book has a wealth of observation, mythology and mysticism about wolves that adds a colorful part to the still unfinished mosaic that defines the wolf.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars myths and legends 3 Jun 2003
I first found this book at a local library, and after reading it I proceeded to buy it.
If you have even a passing interest in wolves, this is the book for you. It details the wolfs behaviour and biology in the first chapter, and goes on to describe the wolf through the eyes of the North American indigenous peoples, the american colonists, and the medieval mind. A fantastically well written account. I thought I knew wolves before I read this book, now I realise I still have a lot to learn.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on wolves I've ever read! 23 May 1998
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This is probably the most informative book on wolves I've read. It's divided into four sections--the first is about wolves, the animals; what they eat, where they can be found, breeding, socializing, etc., and contains some unusual facts about wolves. The second section is about Native Americans and wolves--how the wolf affects Native American society (symbolism, etc.) The third, and probably the most horrific part, is about North Americans and wolves. This section covers the "war on wolves" that started in the 1800's and still goes on today--it contains mortifying statistics and facts about this dark, little-known period in American history. Almost too informative, if you know what I mean... The last section is about the wolf in Europe; the wolf in the middle ages, its place in literature, and some facts on wolf mythology. Very informative--especially for an older book--and a real eye-opener.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Of Wolves and Men tells first about how beautiful and intelligent wolves are, and then gives the sad details of the war on wolves. Sometimes being totally unbiased is the best way to convince people. If anyone ever killed a wolf after reading this book, they truly have no heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two very different views of the wolf! 17 Oct 2004
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This is an amazing book. It really brings home the appalling way we humans have treated this magnificent being throughout history. Lopez provides an insight into the minds of those that truly believed killing these animals was what God wanted, and the cruelty wolves have suffered at out hands.
Adversely, this book also tells of those people who revere the wolf above any other beast. It shows the alternative perspective, and really accentuates the traits that make a wolf such a wonderful creature.
Definitely a book to read if you have any interest at all in the wolf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 22 May 2007
This is just the most incredible book. it has taught me so much, not just about wolves, but about the ignorance of Western minds and how closed we are to our world. So much of it is so obvious that i found myself thinking "my God, Why didn't i see that?"

This man is truly an enlightened individual. This book is a touching account of the wolf, the wolf's relationship with man, and how wrong the white man was in his brutal (and mostly unprovoked) extermination of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. I personally feel that everyone should read this book, if only to open their eyes to how much they don't know.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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For all those people out there who would love to hear the cry of a wild wolve, this is the story of how this priviledge was almost destroyed forever, and what we need to know to make sure it never is. Barry Lopez is a brave man to tell this tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for the serious canid lover. 1 Mar 1999
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This book is as deep into the psychology of canids - and humans - as lay language can take us. If you love dogs, are serious about understanding them, and are not afraid to examine the anthropologic relationship between them and us, this book is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our ambivalent actions toward nature 3 Dec 1997
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Lopez shows in embarrassing detail human ambivalance toward the natural world, using the wolf as a metaphor, for our relationship as exploiter and pioneer and protecter and conservationist. Lopez is really asking if humanity feels it can afford to save these essential animals in an ecosystem that is out of balance, and rethink our ideas of wilderness or if we can afford not to. If the wolf is the symbol of all that is wild in wilderness then the campaign to reintroduce wild populations in the American west transcends economics and penetrates to the heart of the national debate on preserving those places and the envirnmental legacy we will leave our childern.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
extraordinary book.
Published 4 days ago by Fiona French
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Excelent book, if you only want one book on wolves then this is the one to buy. Includes everything that you need to know. many thanks.
Published 7 months ago by frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate descriptions of condition
I have bought many used books from Blue Cloud. The descriptions of the condition are accurate and the books have all been complete and readable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Plod
5.0 out of 5 stars So insightful
Exactly what I was looking to read! Everything wolf related is covered and the author has interesting points of view .
Published 19 months ago by Donnacha Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Wolves and Men
This book was on my "wish list" for a very long time - probably 2-3 years when finally I've decided to buy it. And I'm glad I did. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by Koriel Tannhauser
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, aptly titled
This book is full of thought-provoking ideas and insights, communicated in a clear and easy-to-read style. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2011 by Katerina
5.0 out of 5 stars As much about men as wolves
This is a truly absorbing book written in a beautiful style and with so much detail about all aspect of wolves - their history, their place in nature, their day-to-day habits and... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2007 by S. Penelope
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, if at times unbearably sad account of wolves.
For all those people out there who would love to hear the cry of a wild wolve, this is the story of how this priviledge was almost destroyed forever, and what we need to know to... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but drags at times
There is definitley a lot of thought provoking material in Lopez's book, like the placement of wolves in folklore, fables, and mythology, but at times it drags on in lenghly... Read more
Published on 11 July 1999
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